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Topic in Depth - Human Evolution (8)

The resources in this folder explore Human Evolution from both anthropological and biological viewpoints. Visitors will find sites about the human fossil record, time lines of human evolution in all our hominid forms, and the characteristics that mark our progress from one stage to the next.


 
Redrawing Humanity's Family Tree
 
This New York Times article details two skulls, one from central Africa and the other from the Black Sea republic of Georgia, that "have shaken the human family tree to its roots, sending scientists scrambling to see if their favorite theories are among the fallen fruit." The article discusses how the two skulls have...

 
Is Human Evolution Finally Over?
 
This article by Robin McKie from Guardian Unlimited discusses a scientific debate surrounding the question of whether "a Western lifestyle now protects humanity from the forces that used to shape Homo sapiens." Advances in medicine, agriculture, hygiene, and the mixing of human genetic populations have all led to...

 
Human Evolution
 
This resource from Bruce MacEvoy links to documents "summarizing the hominid fossil record and hypothesized lines of human evolution from 5 million years ago to the present." The site is divided into five parts: Chart of Human Evolution, Tour of the Human Fossil Record, The Hominid Brain, Hominid Tools, Hominid...

 
Hominid Evolution
 
A introductory timeline from the Huntarian Museum and Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow links to many major fossil discoveries of human and pre-human history. The site is divided up into three sections, with subsections: Australopithecus, First True Humans, and Early Modern Man.

 
Fossil Hominids: The Evidence for Human Evolution
 
An "overview of the study of human evolution, and of the currently accepted fossil evidence" is used to inform arguments for creationists and evolutionists. The main portion of the site contains information about the hominid species (with a timeline), a list of the most important hominid fossils (including Lucy),...

 
Human Evolution: The Fossil Evidence in 3D
 
An interesting site from the University of California Santa Barbara presents 3-dimensional views of "modern primate relatives and fossil ancestors of humans." Shockwave is required, and a link is provided to a free download of the plug-in.

 
Becoming Human
 
The interactive documentary from the Institute of Human Origins is a great resource for those with the Flash plug-in and a high speed connection. The site is divided into five parts: a Prologue, Evidence, Anatomy, Lineages, and Culture. In each section, visitors will find links to related resources, exhibits, and...

 
Human Evolution
 
This resource from PBS focuses on human evolution in a format aimed at kids but easily adapted to a classroom of any kind. A classroom activity (available as Shockwave or text only formats) describes the steps in human evolution (physically and behaviorally) from Ardipithecus ramidus about 4.4 million years ago to...


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