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Human Origins

Becoming Human
This video has some important ideas that we are interested in. The first is where some important hominid fossils have been found in Africa. The second is how climate and environmental changes affected our early ancestors and how they lived. Lastly, it describes the impact that those climate and environmental changes had on the anatomy of our early ancestors. Those changes in anatomy would lead to our species becoming the dominant species on Earth.

Click on the picture below to watch the video. You should watch the first three sections of the video. When you click on the picture it will take you to the web site Becoming Human. Just above the video are the section titles you should watch. Just click on the section titles to watch them
The three sections you should watch are listed below.

Prologue Evidence Anatomy
Institute of Human Origins http://www.becominghuman.org/

SmithsonianNational Museum of Natural History

What does it mean to be human?
This is an awesome site that contains all kinds of information about our early ancestors. Here is the link for now. In the future I will be breaking the site down to certain pages that I think will be useful and interesting. For now here is a link to the Home page.


This is a great site with plenty to read, see and do so here is a brief run down of some highlights of information we will be concerned with in class. There is a "title bar" near the top of the page where you can begin your searches. When you place the cursor over a title you will get a drop down menu. Here are some places of interest to visit listed by titles.

Human Evolution Research

In the drop down menu visit the page titled "Climate and Human Evolution". This topic is important to our study of human origins. There are two links to articles that discuss theories about how climate change may be linked to the success of our species. The articles hypotheses are that changing climates caused our early ancestors to change. Our early ancestors had to adapt or change to the different climates to survive. This adaptabliity gave our early ancestors an edge against other species in the competition of survival.

Next, there is an awesome "Timeline Interactive" page that allows you to compare climate change, species and important events in human evolution. The timeline is a good visual tool to see how all three might be linked.

Lastly, there is a three minute video on the theory proposed by Dr. Rick Potts of how human adaptability and climate change may be linked.

Click here for the page "Climate and Human Evolution"

In the drop down menu visit "Adventures in the Rift Valley: Interactive". The Great Rift Valley in Africa is an important location concerning hominid fossil finds. Many scientists theorize that the Great Rift Valley may be the place of origin for hominids and our species. This interactive feature allows you to explore areas of the valley by clicking on icons for information concerning where and how hominids lived in this area for millions of years.

Take the Caveman Challenge!
This game is from the British Broadcasting Channel or the BBC website. Although the use of word caveman may make some think of inaccurate depictions of early man, the game is a good test of your knowledge concerning the abilities and behaviors of our early ancestors. The game presents different challenges that allow you to progress from ape to man, if you pass each test. Click on the picture or web address below to take the challenge.

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Don't Be Afraid!!!

Take a virtual tour through a deep dark cave as eerie music fills the cave around you!

The Lascaux Cave
Picture: National GeographicLascaux Cave website created by the French Government - Ministry of Culture and Communication

Maybe you didn't realize this but "cavemen" were artists. The Lascaux cave is one of the best known sites for cave art. The drawings and paintings were created during the late Paleolithic Age or Old Stone Age and are dated to be between 15,000 to 18,000 years old. The cave is located in southwestern France. More to come in the future.