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  • Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Origin of Humans with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (19 min 44 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film on the major human fossil finds from Africa  and what they reveal about the history of our evolutionary origins.

  • Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Short

    (7 min 52 sec) This animated short film recounts the life and work of paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey, including her discovery of the Laetoli footprints.

  • Human Feet Are Strange

    Human Feet Are Strange

    Activity

    In this hands-on activity students examine the evidence for the evolution of human bipedality as revealed by a trail of fossil footprints. Also available in Spanish.

  • Film Guide: Your Inner Fish

    Film Guide: Your Inner Fish

    Film Guide

    This guide complements the three-part television series Your Inner Fish. This series describes the legacy of our ancient animal ancestors and the evidence of their relationship to us.

  • Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Episode 3: Your Inner Monkey

    Feature Film

    (54 min 51 sec) Join Neil Shubin as he links our hands, vision, and brains to ancient primate ancestors. PLEASE N​OTE: Due to international distribution restrictions, these programs can only be streamed in the United States and Canada.

  • The Tool-Making Animal

    The Tool-Making Animal

    Scientists at Work

    (5 min 41 sec) Stone tools reveal a critical transition in the lives of our early human ancestors. 

  • Film Guides: The Origin of Humans

    Film Guides: The Origin of Humans

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans, which reveals the history of our evolutionary origins. Also available in Spanish.

  • Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Great Transitions: The Origin of Humans

    Short Film

    (19 min 44 sec) Which traits distinguish humans from other primates? When and where did these traits evolve? Analysis of the major fossil finds from Africa, dating back to 4.4 million years ago, provides answers to these questions and reveals the history of our evolutionary origins. Also available in Spanish.

  • Piecing Together Our Past

    Piecing Together Our Past

    Image of the Week

    The skull of Zinjanthropus is one of the first early hominid fossils found in Africa and provides essential clues in the story of human evolution.

  • Explore Your Inner Animals

    Explore Your Inner Animals

    Click & Learn

    This interactive explores different anatomical features of the human body and what they reveal about the evolutionary history we share with other organisms, including earlier, long-extinct species.

  • Using the Scientific Process to Study Human Evolution

    Using the Scientific Process to Study Human Evolution

    Click & Learn

    Paleoanthropology provides an excellent example of the scientific process at work. Also available in Spanish.

  • Skeletons Reveal Human and Chimpanzee Evolution

    Skeletons Reveal Human and Chimpanzee Evolution

    Click & Learn

    Comparing features of a 4.4-million-year-old fossil skeleton to those of human and chimpanzee skeletons sheds light on our evolutionary history.

  • Human Evolution Within the Tree of Life

    Human Evolution Within the Tree of Life

    Poster

    The poster from the 2011 Holiday Lectures on Science, Bones, Stones and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans. It provides a unique look at the classic "tree of life" and features a timeline of various hominid fossils and their stone tool usage.

  • Hominid Paleobiology

    Hominid Paleobiology

    Lecture

    (1 hr 33 min 25 sec) The hominid fossil record of the past six million years gives us surprising insights into the path of human evolution.

  • Stone Tools and the Evolution of Human Behavior

    Stone Tools and the Evolution of Human Behavior

    Lecture

    (58 min 31 sec) Stone tools are well-preserved evidence of past human activity.

  • Human Evolution and the Nature of Science

    Human Evolution and the Nature of Science

    Lecture

    (29 min 1 sec) How reasoning and evidence are used to understand human evolution.

  • Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans

    Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans

    Lecture

    Where and when did humans arise? What distinguishes us from other species? Did our distant ancestors look and behave like us?

  • Classifying Stone Tools

    Classifying Stone Tools

    Clip

    (3 min 4 sec) Prehistoric stone tools are classified into six broad technological modes by the level of sophistication and method of fabrication.

  • Making Stone Tools by Flintknapping

    Making Stone Tools by Flintknapping

    Clip

    (1 min 23 sec) Stone tools similar to those found at prehistoric archaeological sites can be made by fracturing rocks, a technique known as flintknapping.

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