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Becoming Human
Discover Careers
RELATED CAREERS
Find out more about careers related to human evolution.
Building Faces From Fossils (Interactive)
Watch paleoartist Viktor Deak put a face to the skull of "Turkana Boy."
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/building-fossils-faces.html


The Adaptable Human (Interview)
Read why paleoanthropologist Rick Potts believes modern day humans were adapted to change, itself, like climate change, for example.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/beta/evolution/adaptable-human.html


Ask the Expert (Interview)
Meet Mary T. Silcox, professor of anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, who uses fossils to answer questions about our earliest primate ancestors.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/0303/02-ask.html


Confessions of a Preparator (Interview)
Find out how fossil preparator Sarah Finney removes layers of rock, grain by grain, to reveal ancient fossils.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/link/fossils.html


Dig and Deduce (Lesson/Interactive)
Be an archaeologist and uncover bones and artifacts at a dig site, then try to figure out what the evidence suggests.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/neanderthals/dig.html

Curriculum Connections
Archaeology, fossils, artifacts, evidence

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Structure and function of living systems, Reproduction and heredity, Regulation and behavior, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of science, History of science

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Biological evolution; Interdependence of organisms; Matter, energy, and organization in living systems; Behavior of organisms
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of scientific knowledge, Historical perspectives



EXTENSION ACTIVITY
Depicting Our Ancestors (Audio Slideshow)
Learn how science experts like paleoanthropologist Dan Lieberman bring to life the creatures of "Becoming Human." (6:26 min.)
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/becominghuman/prod-flash.html

Curriculum Connections

Standards
Grades 5-8
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Structure and function of living systems, Reproduction and heredity, Regulation and behavior, Populations and ecosystems, Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Standard E: Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design, Understanding about science and technology
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of science, History of science

Grades 9-12
Standard A: Science as Inquiry: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry, Understanding about scientific inquiry
Standard C: Life Science: Biological evolution, Interdependence of organisms, Matter, energy, and organization in living systems, Behavior of organisms
Standard E: Science and Technology: Abilities of technological design, Understanding about science and technology
Standard G: History and Nature of Science: Science as a human endeavor, Nature of scientific knowledge, Historical perspectives



   

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