The Jakarta Post
Darwinism at a mall: A child stands in front of a display featuring human evolution at the Kota Kasablanka mall in South Jakarta. The conservation office of Sangiran Early Man Site is hosting exhibits in Jakarta to promote the site as a tourist spot. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)Eight-year-old Arifni Azizah sat on a bench in the hall at the Kota Kasablanka shopping center in South Jakarta, her mouth wide open.
The girl was absorbed by a short animated movie telling about the daily life of Java Man, the popular name for Pithecanthropus erectus, or the hominid who was believed to have inhabited the banks of the Solo River in Central Java almost 2 million years ago.
“They look like monkeys!” the little girl in a hijab said to her older sister, Binti Musthofiyah Munawwaroh, who was sitting next to her.
Binti, 17, said that her sister had been curious about what a hominid loo...