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  • New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    Data Point

    Scientists were excavating a site in Laetoli, Tanzania when they uncovered two new sets of hominin tracks located about 150 meters south of the tracks found by Mary Leakey in the 1970’s. They estimated the heights of the two individuals using the size and shape of the footprints.

  • Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Patterns in the Distribution of Lactase Persistence

    Activity

    Students explore the geographic distribution of lactase persistence around the world by analyzing real data collected by scientists.

  • Understanding Variation

    Understanding Variation

    Activity

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and discusses variation in human skin color and polygenic inheritance. Also available in Spanish.

  • Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Zebrafish and Skin Color

    Activity

    This lesson complements the film The Biology of Skin Color and explores how experimental work in zebrafish led to a better understanding of the role of the gene SLC24A5 in human skin color.

  • Lactase Film with Quiz

    Lactase Film with Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (14 min 52 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film that explores the evolution of the ability to digest lactose as adults (lactose tolerance) and the genetic changes associated with the trait.

  • Skin Color Interactive Video

    Skin Color Interactive Video

    Interactive Video

    (18 min 58 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch a short film that explores the evidence for the evolution of the variation in skin color among human populations.

  • 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 Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

    Activity

    This case study is based on the short film The Biology of Skin Color. Students use real data to propose hypotheses, make predictions, and justify claims with evidence. Also available in Spanish.

  • How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

    How We Get Our Skin Color Interactive

    Interactive Video

    (3 min 32 sec) This interactive animation about the biology of skin color provides stop points at which students can further explore the material through additional text and illustrations, videos, questions, and simple interactive widgets.

  • 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 for The Biology of Skin Color

    Film Guide for The Biology of Skin Color

    Film Guide

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Biology of Skin Color. Featuring anthropologist Dr. Nina Jablonski, the film walks us through the evidence that differences in human skin color are adaptations to varying intensity of UV light. Also available in Spanish.

  • Lactase Persistence: Evidence for Selection

    Lactase Persistence: Evidence for Selection

    Activity

    This activity provides a case study in human evolution that connects genotype, phenotype, culture, and graphical analysis skills. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Making of the Fittest

    The Making of the Fittest

    Collection

    Each film takes students on an adventure—from the postglacial lakes in southern Alaska to the deserts of the American Southwest, and from the icy Antarctic to the highlands of East Africa, where...

  • 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 Biology of Skin Color

    The Biology of Skin Color

    Short Film

    (18 min 58 sec) Penn State University anthropologist Dr. Nina Jablonski walks us through the evidence that the different shades of skin color among human populations arose as adaptations to the intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world. Also available in Spanish.

  • 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.

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