Which traits distinguish humans from other primates? When and where did these traits evolve? Paleontologists have studied the fossil record of human evolution in search of answers to these questions. In this film, part of the Great Transitions trilogy, Sean Carroll and Tim White discuss the most important human fossils and how they illuminate key phases of human evolution, focusing in particular on three traits: larger brains, tool use, and bipedality.
This version of the film pauses at four points where students answer questions about the film to assess their understanding of the concepts presented. After completing all quiz modules, students can view and print their answers.