educational resources

Educational Resources


Atapuerca Live A web site focusing on human evolution. Includes a digital time line and information about archaeology research. Available in Spanish and English.

Becoming Human From the Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins. Becoming Human brings together interactive multimedia, research and scholarship to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution

The Genographic Project National Geographic's "Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species ...closing the gaps of what science knows today about humankind's ancient migration stories."

Human Evolution: the fossil evidence in 3D "Welcome to the UCSB online 3D gallery of modern primate relatives and fossil ancestors of humans. This gallery contains five modern primate crania, and five fossil crania. The crania can be rotated 360 degrees. Each cranium is accompanied by a short description of its relevance to human evolution, and a site map."

Human Origins From the Dolan DNA Learning Center, this module explores human evolutionary history using a variety of approaches including phylogeny, behavior, morphology, and genetics.

The Smithsonian Institution Human Origins Program An information site based on fieldwork in paleontology. Check out the article on teaching resources in AnthroNotes. Teaching Resources from the Smithsonian Human Origins Program by Briana Pobiner (Spring 2010).

Hall of Human Origins
From the American Museum of Natural History. Text information with excellent downloadable images, and exhibition guides.

Human Beginnings
From BBC Science and Nature. Text stories, images, some interactives. Cavemen Facts has video clips of each species. (Note: This is produced by the BBC; some video clips include nudity.)

From the University of Texas at Austin. Detailed exploration of the skeletons of primates. Also includes phylogenies of the groups.

Human Genome Resources
NCBI Education and Outreach resources. Basic information about lab techniques, using analytical tools, and accessing human genome information.

How did humans evolve?
From PBS Evolution. A collection of activities to teach human evolution.
From S. Bjelland and P. Johnson. Includes images of skulls and a timeline. Very nice images.

Teacher's Domain: Human Evolution
A free collection of activities, video clips and other resources from PBS and NOVA.

Human Evolution Patterns
From ENSI. This collection includes several activities such as Comparison of Human and Chimpanzee chromosomes, the Laetoli Puzzle and Primate Classification.

Human Genetic Variation
From the National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education. This module includes the basics of human genetics, its potential to improve human health and its application toward understanding and describing human evolution.

The Dating Game: A Case Study in Human Evolution
From the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science. In this role-playing case study, students attempt to determine the identity of a variety of human fossils based on characteristics described during a quiz show.' The case was designed to be used in a general biology class for freshman students where the focus is on evolution. It could also be used in an anthropology or paleontology course.

A collection of lessons, videos and interactives from the PBS Evolution Series, including bipedalism, tool use, primates, brain size, language and human behavior.

Origins of Humankind

Examine an 8-million year old fossil record to learn about the evolution of the human family.

Is Love in Our DNA?

Did evolution shape your taste in a mate?

Walking Tall

This video illustrates the differences between the skeletons of chimpanzee and a human.

Evolving Ideas: Did Humans Evolve?

This video explores the evolution of humans from a common ancestor of humans, chimpanzees and other apes.

Dexterity and Early Tools

These two sets of diagrams show examples of early stone tools and the changes in hand anatomy that enables our human ancestors to fashion and use such tools.

And more!

A collection of short interactives, text stories and videos from PBS NOVA

Who's Who in Human Evolution?

Interactive family tree providing information about various early hominins.

Cooperative Apes

To understand human evolution, anthropologist Brian Hare is studying one or our close primate relatives: bonobos.

Origins of Bipedalism

Explore the hypotheses for why we stand up, choose your favorite, then hear what paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson thinks.

The Adaptable Human

Paleoanthropologist Rick Potts believes modern humans are adapted to change itself, as he explains in this text interview.

The Stone Age Toolkit

Would you know how to use an ancient stone tool if you unearthed one? Try your hand here.

Our Family Tree

See (and hear) where you stand among the great apes in this audiovisual interactive.

And more!