Turn your social studies students into mini-paleoanthropologists with this inquiry based lesson! It all starts with a fossil...a mystery fossil. Students view an online 3D model of a REAL fossil skull of an early hominid (JUST LIKE ACTUAL ARCHEOLOGISTS) and evaluate that fossil along with data sheets. They'll compare the 3D model of the mystery fossil with 3D models of the Homo sapiens, Neanderthalensis, Homo erectus, Homo habilis and Australopithicus while learning about the features of each early hominid. Their quest?? To determine WHERE in the evolutionary tree this mystery fossil fits and provide evidence to support their determination!
Take a look at the 3D model here-----> http://morphosource.org/Detail/MediaDetail/Show/media_id/7300
click on the image and see the 3D model!! It'll spin, zoom and allow true investigation...isn't that AMAZING??!!?!
The secret? This is Homo naledi...an actual hominid discovery revealed in 2015. The discovery story is fascinating...5 female scientists (recruited for their size) shimmied down 7 inch tunnels to retrieve the fossils. The discovery has changed everything we know about early hominids!! Culminate this amazing week long exploration with the enclosed homework paper as well as the 27 minute National Geographic Live video reveal by Lee Berger discussing his find. He'll inspire your students to become explorers, investigators, users of technology and to go out into the world inspired to do great things ✨Using Your Smarticles✨