In this activity students will build prehistoric bodies and analyze the human fossil record to:
- identify key anatomical similarities and differences between the great apes and humans.
- infer likely anatomical features in ancient human ancestors.
- list principal anatomical changes in primates necessary for adaptation to fully bipedal locomotion.
- sequence particular anatomical features in hominids as part of a series of broader evolutionary trends.
The lesson is integrated through the lens of a paleoanthropologist, adding relevance and context to NGSS standards MS-LS4-2 and HS-LS4-1. Purchase includes questions to engage and explore, teacher summary sheet, link to USGS lesson plan, NGSS + career connections, as well as free access to all corresponding student resources for this career including videos, simulations, and a career information sheet.
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