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View Resource William H. Calvin Books and Articles

The full-text of several books authored by University of Washington professor William H. Calvin are available online. His newest book "A Brain for All Seasons" (A Scientific American book of the month) is about "what sudden climate flips did to human evolution over the last 2.5 million years." Most of his other books also focus on the subjects of the brain and human evolution. The hyperlinked...

View Resource 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 our current state as modern Homo sapiens. There are also brief summaries of the...

View Resource 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 hominid (Ardipithecus, Australopithecus, and Homo) profiles for reference.

View Resource Homo floresiensis

In 2004, a human-like species was discovered on Flores Island. She was approximately 3-feet tall, with a small face and teeth, and the ability to walk on two-legs. This website provides links to five articles from Nature which discuss the immense impact the discovery of Homo floresiensis has had and will have on anthropology and the way we look at human evolution. The website also has a link to a...

View Resource The Missing Link

This case study sets students up to examine primate skulls and develop their understanding of skull anatomy. Students will begin to recognize some of the differences between apes and humans. The material would be most appropriate for high school or lower level undergraduate students. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor...

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