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After School Program

Human Origins - Science Research Course

Through December 17, 2015


Australopithicus afarensis, Spitzer Hall of Human Origins









Around 3.6 million years ago in a remote corner of East Africa, two early human ancestors left a trail of footprints in a field of fresh volcanic ash. Walking upright with a gait that was more human-like than ape-like, these resourceful hominids were adapted to life beyond the tropical forests. Flash forward to 100,000 years ago to a cave in Israel where a band of the first anatomically modern humans laid to rest two family members, symbolically placing a necklace of shell beads with one individual and the jaw of a wild boar with the other. What traits separated these fully modern humans from their hominid ancestors? How did hominids physically adapt to their ever-changing environment, learn to produce tools, or develop the ability to communicate ideas? Explore first-hand what makes us human by examining fossils, studying anatomy, and learning to make your own chipped stone tools. In this course, we will trace the path of human evolution through in-depth discussions, hands-on activities, and visits to Museum halls that plot the history of humankind.

This course is a prerequisite for the Museum’s Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP) in the biology and anthropology tracks. The course is offered free-of-charge.

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 11/5, 11/10, 11/12, 11/17, 11/19, 11/24, 12/1, 12/3, 12/8, 12/10, 12/15, 12/17

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