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  • New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

    New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

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    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.

  • Dating Corn Domestication Using Carbon Isotopes

    Dating Corn Domestication Using Carbon Isotopes

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    To study the change in diet as human populations changed lifestyles from hunter-gatherers to agriculturalists, scientists measured carbon isotopes in the collagen tissues of human skeletons from North America.

  • Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab

    Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab

    Virtual Labs

    This virtual lab teaches skills of data collection and analysis to study evolutionary processes using stickleback fish and fossil specimens.

  • Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Determining the Size and Energy of the K-T Asteroid

    Activities

    A lesson in which students calculate the mass, size, and kinetic energy of the K-T asteroid based on the total abundance of iridium in the K-T boundary layer.

  • Worksheet for The Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab

    Worksheet for The Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab

    Activities

    A worksheet that guides students through The Stickleback Evolution Virtual Lab. The virtual lab lets students learn firsthand the methods for analyzing body structure in stickleback collected from lakes and fossils recovered from a quarry. Students measure, record, and graph their results to discover evolutionary patterns.