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  1.   Roots: The Ancestry of Modern People
...some conditions facilitate speciation and evolution * learn how evolutionary models are formed and evaluated * understand classification and nomenclature of hominid species Key Words Include: anatomy, archaeology, artifacts, dispersal, DNA, Eurasia, fossil, gene flow, geographic isolation, hominid, Homo sapiens, human evolution, human species, migration, mitochondrial DNA, natural selection, neurology, paleoanthropology, prehistoric data, scientific model, speciation, Stone Age Preparation Article Discussion: * Distribute or ask students to download and read the article by Donald Johanson, Ph.D. at http://www.actionbi...
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    Grade Level: 9-12

  2.   Human Evolution
...d cultural ramifications, and chart patterns of hominid migration. Throughout the lesson, an emphasis is placed on the importance of fossil evidence in unraveling the history of our ancestors. Objectives Learn about fossil evidence for human evolution Identify major fossil groups: Australopithecus, Homo habilis, Homo erectus , Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens (modern and present) Understand molecular evidence for human evolution Learn about the genetic relationship between humans and our closest living relatives Identify major characteristics selected for in hominid evolution bipedalism and a large brain and the...
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    Grade Level: 9-12

  3.   Going the Way the Wind Blows
...nto five groups. Explain to students that they will be studying a particular group of prehistoric people to discover how climate and geography shaped their lives, and then individually create dioramas illustrating their findings. Assign each group a species of prehistoric humankind, such as these: -Homo habilis (Kenya, Tanzania) -Homo erectus (Republic of Georgia, Kenya) -Homo heidelbergensis (Germany, France, Greece, Zambia) -Homo neanderthalensis (Israel, Belgium, Iraq, France) -Homo sapiens (Northern Africa, Southern Asia, Europe) (Groupings taken from a PBS Web site on evolution [http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/h...
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    Grade Level: 6-12

  4.   Replacing Missing Links in the Evolutionary Chain
...olution of hominids. Author(s): Alison Zimbalist, The New York Times Learning Network Suggested Time Allowance: 45 minutes- 1 hour Objectives: Students will: 1. Define evolution and express what they do and do not believe about the evolution of humans. 2. Explore the recent findings suggesting that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbred by reading and discussing "Discovery Suggests Humans Are a Bit Neanderthal." 3. Examine, in small groups, the physical characteristics, location, time period, and aspects of daily life known about one of the ten "stages" of hominids, from the earliest type that lived about 4.5 million...
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    Grade Level: 6-12

  5.   Paleo-what? The Life and Work of Emerging Explorer Zeray Alemseged
...Becoming Human (Macromedia Flash Player required). Visit the Evidence section: Related Exhibit #3, "Explore a dig." What geographic tools and techniques do paleoscientists use to help find and keep track of specimens in the field? Analyzing Evidence What non-human animal is the closest relative of Homo sapiens? What does it mean to say that we are "related?" Where is Laetoli? What is the significance of the Laetoli footprints? Students may refer to the PBS Riddle of the Bones site, showing the locations of Hadar and Laetoli. To navigate through the shockwave site, click "Are they all the same species," then "Learn mor...
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    Grade Level: 9-12

  6.   The Genographic Project: Working with the Genographic Project Public Participation Kit Data
...s that the Genographic Project is involved in collecting samples of DNA not only from specific groups of people who have lived in relative isolation but also from the general public. All human beings carry within them genetic information that can be used to help complete the picture not only of how Homo sapiens came to populate the world but also of why there is so much variation in our physical appearance. Optional: If you have the Genographic Project Public Participation Kit, watch both the Introduction and DNA Collection Method chapters of the multimedia DVD as a class. Direct students to The Genographic Project's W...
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    Grade Level: 9-12

  7.   Hominoid Cranium Comparison
...emale are ideal. A modern human skull may be available from the skeleton standing in the corner of your lab, but, if not, the 25,000 year old Predmost fossil cast will serve, as well. MATERIALS 2. Plastic casts of a Neandertal (50-60,000 year old La Chapelle is commonly available), 450,000 year old Homo erectus ("Peking" is the most widely available and least expensive) and an australopithecine (preferably the "robust" 1.8 million year old Olduvai number 5 or "Zinjanthropus") as an example of an early hominin form that shows a "mosaic" mixture of ape- like and human-like features). These casts are commercially availabl...
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    Grade Level: K-12

  8.   Human Development
...lays (pieces of roll paper or poster Social Science board, magazines for cutting, scissors, glue, markers). Steps/Activities by student(s): _ Primary Level 1. Use the Student Resource Center database to research the species listed below: Black History 1. Australopithecus Afarensis Month 2. Bosei 3. Homo Habilis 4. Homo Ergastor 5. Homo Erectus 6. Heidelberg Man 7. Neanderthal Constitution Day 8. Homo Sapien 2. For each specie the group should locate the following information: Earth Day 1. Approximate year of emergence 2. Physical Features 3. Fossils discovered (place, time discovered, by who) 4. Lifestyle _ Curriculum...
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    Grade Level: 9-12

  9.   Too Good to be True - Science Frauds
...cket, or trouser turnup or whatever. So someone had the knowledge to say: how much of a rhino tooth do I need to show it is a rhino?" says Stringer. There have been several scandals involving planted evidence. Fossil fraud is a lucrative business. "We get people coming into the museum with supposed Homo erectus skulls they have bought from a trader in Java. They are carved out of fossil elephant bones, and they are beautifully done. People carve them and sell them for $500, and we have to say: it is a fake, I am sorry." 2. The amazing Tasaday tribe In 1971 Manuel Elizalde, a Philippine government minister, discovered a...
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    Grade Level: 9-12

  10.   What is Cultural Evolution?
...modern humans (Sections 3.3.12.D & 3.3.10.D of Pennsylvania's Academic Standards for Science and Technology) I usually teach genetics first, then evolution, ending with human evolution. Cultural Evolution is merely toward the end of human evolution. PowerPoint presentations: 1. Australopithicus to Homo erectus 2. Homo erectus to Neandertal to Homo sapiens 3. Cultural Evolution-Feats of Clay This lesson plan is using PowerPoint #3 (a 45 minute period) and will be followed the next day by a 45-minute lab where students will make coil-built pottery for themselves. Suggested Level: This can be used in 9th to 12th Grade B...
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    Grade Level: 9-12


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