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  • New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    Data Points

    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.

  • Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Life: Mary Leakey

    Animated Shorts

    (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

    Activities

    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.

  • Human Feet Are Strange

    Human Feet Are Strange

    Activities

    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.

  • Lactase Persistence: Evidence for Selection

    Lactase Persistence: Evidence for Selection

    Activities

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

  • 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.

  • Film Guides: Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Guides: Natural Selection in Humans

    Film Guides

    The following classroom-ready resources complement The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans, which describes the connection between malaria and sickle cell anemia—one of the best-understood examples of natural selection in humans. Also available in Spanish.

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