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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 5: How Did Humans Evolve? Is Evolution Still Happening?

Resources for SESSION 5

Resources marked with an * are designed to help you teach this topic in your classroom.

Evolution Project Resources

Teacher's Guide

Unit 5: How Did Humans Evolve?* (pdf)

Unit 6: Why Does Evolution Matter Now?* (pdf)

Lessons for Students

Lesson 5: How Did Humans Evolve?*

Lesson 6: Why Does Evolution Matter Now?*

Videos for Students


Did Humans Evolve?*


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Why Does Evolution Matter Now?*


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Web Activities


Riddle of the Bones (Flash)


Is Intelligent Life Inevitable?


Origins of Humankind (Flash)


Microbe Clock (Flash)


The Evolving Enemy

Video Segments


Laetoli Footprints


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Finding Lucy


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Walking Tall


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Did Humans Evolve?


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A Mutation Story


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Cholera: Domesticating Disease


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Double Immunity


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Biological Invaders


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TV Series


Show 4: The Evolutionary Arms Race


Show 6: The Mind's Big Bang

Other Library Resources


The Transforming Leap, from Four Legs to Two


Stephen Pinker: Evolution of the Mind


World Map for Locating Fossil Evidence (pdf)


Hominid Fossil Data Sheet (pdf)


The Biology of Skin Color: Black and White

Other Resources

External Web Links


A Science Odyssey Web site
An examination of fossilized footprints explains how we know early humans walked upright.


Information about Potassium-Argon Dating
Information on chronometric dating methods.


ENSI Web site's Footprint lesson
Includes a mini-lesson and analysis of the Laetoli Footprints.


National Academy of Sciences Web site
Includes an extended classroom activity analyzing fossilized footprints.


Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Web site
Includes a lesson plan/activity on molecular biology and primate phylogenetics.


Palomar College Web site
Includes introductory information on climatic, altitudinal, and nutritional adaptations of humans.


National Institute of Health Web site
Includes information on lactose intolerance, its symptoms and treatment.


ENSI Web site's Lactose Intolerance lesson
Includes a mini-lesson for students on lactose intolerance.


Rutgers University Web site
Evolutionary Biology: Meeting Societal Needs section of a comprehensive report on Evolution, Science, and Society.


The National Health Museum Web site
Comprehensive site about biotech including issues and ethics, biotech applications, careers, diagrams of related science principles and processes, and archives of biotech activities.


Harvest of Fear
Articles, interviews, interactive activities, and resources related to the NOVA/Frontline show "Harvest of Fear."


The Biotechnology Industry Organization Web site
Information on food and agricultural biotechnology.


Union of Concerned Scientists Web site
Views on genetically engineered crops and reasons for modifications as well as information on antibiotic resistance.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Web site
Information on endangered species and habitat conservation.


Ecological Society of America Web site
Includes a fact sheet on invasive species.


Anthropology Tutorials from Palomar College, exploring physical and cultural anthropology.
Tutorials from Palomar College, exploring physical and cultural anthropology.


Early Hominid Evolution
Palomar College tutorial on the australopithecines and related genera.


Evolution of Modern Humans
Palomar College tutorial on the biological and cultural evolution of archaic and modern Homo sapiens.


Becoming Human
Institute of Human Origins Web site, featuring Flash documentary and other information on human evolution.


Paleoanthropology Web site from UCSB, including hominid family history.


Fossils and Migration Patterns in Early Hominids
An activity from the 1995 Woodrow Wilson Institute on evolution for high school biology teachers.


The Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
FDA Web Site, "The Rise of Antibiotic-Resistent Infections." An article by Ricki Lewis, on the Food and Drug Administration Web site.


Anti-infective Drug Resistance
World Health Organization site on anti-infective drug resistance, including report on resistant-TB worldwide.


Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics Web site
Health-care provider and consumer information about the prudent use of antibiotics.



Boyd, Robert, and Joan Silk. How Humans Evolved. 2d ed. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2000.


Chadwick, D. J., and J. Goode, eds. Antibiotic Resistance: Origins, Evolution, Selection and Spread. London: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.


Ewald, Paul. Evolution of Infectious Disease. London: Oxford University Press, 1996.


Jones, Steve, David Pilbeam, and Robert Martin, eds. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Human Evolution. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1995.


Klein, Richard. The Human Career: Human Biological and Cultural Origins. 2d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999.


Larsen, Clark Spencer. Human Origins: The Fossil Record. Prospect Heights: Waveland Press,1998.


Levy, Stuart B. The Antibiotic Paradox: How Miracle Drugs Are Destroying the Miracle. New York City: Plenum Publishers, 1992.


Lewin, Roger. Bones of Contention: Controversies in the Search for Human Origins. 2d ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.


Lewin, Roger. Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction. 4th ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell Science, 1999.


McHughen, Alan. Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods. London: Oxford University Press, 2000.


McKie, Robin. Dawn of Man: The Story of Human Evolution. New York City: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Inc., 2000.


National Research Council. National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1996.


Nesse, Randolph M., and George C. Williams. Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine. New York City: Vintage Books, 1994.


Palumbi, Stephen R. The Evolution Explosion: How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change. New York City: W. W. Norton and Company, Inc., 2001.


Pinker, Steven. How the Mind Works. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1999.


Wade, Nicholas, ed. The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution. New York City, NY: The Lyons Press, 1998.


Wilson, Edward O. The Diversity of Life--College Edition. New York City: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1992.


Zihlman, Adrienne. The Human Evolution Coloring Book. 2d ed. New York City: HarperCollins Publishers, Inc., 2000.



Consumer Reports. "Seeds of Change." September 1999: 41-46.


Trends In Microbiology."Drug Resistance: The New Apocalypse." Special Issue of 2, no. 10 (October 1, 1994): 341-425.


Glausiusz, Josie. "The Great Gene Escape." Discover, May 1998: 90-97.


Leakey, Mary. "Footprints in the Ashes of Time." National Geographic 155, April 1979: 446-457


Levy, Stuart. "The Challenge of Antibiotic Resistance." Scientific American, see


Schultz, T. "Ants, Plants, and Antibiotics." Nature 398 (1999): 747-748.


Specter, Michael. "The Pharmageddon Riddle: Did Monsanto just want more profits, or did it want to save the world?" The New Yorker (April 10 2000): 58-71.


Tattersall, Ian. "Once We Were Not Alone." Scientific American (January, 2000): 56-62.


Wade, Nicholas. "Neanderthal DNA Sheds New Light on Human Origins." In Wade, Nicholas, Editor, The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution. New York City: The Lyons Press, 1998: 235-238.


Wilford, J. "The Transforming Leap, from Four Legs to Two." In Wade, Nicholas, Editor, The Science Times Book of Fossils and Evolution. New York City: The Lyons Press, 1998: 196-203.



Wilson, E.O, and D.L. Perlman. Conserving Earth's Biodiversity (Interactive CD ROM). Washington, DC: Island Press, 2000.

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