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Sackler Educational Laboratory for Class Trips

Lab C: Primate Evolution

Through June 17, 2016



 In this advanced 90-minute activity, students act as scientists by collecting different lines of evidence for evolutionary change over time. Using the Sackler Educational Lab collections as well as the museum halls, students will collect skeletal data of extant and extinct primates and then analyze DNA sequences of different species to investigate the evolutionary relationship between humans and non-human primates.


Grades 9-12 Science

Essential Question: How do Paleontologists, Physical Anthropologists, and Evolutionary Biologists collect evidence to support biological evolution or change over time?

Students will be able to explain three lines of evidence for biological evolution and change across time.

When: Monday - Friday
Morning Lab: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Lab: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m


Living Environment Key Idea 3: Individual organisms and species change over time.

New York State Science Core Curriculum
Major Understanding: LE 3.1a: The basic theory of biological evolution states that the Earth's present-day species developed from earlier, distinctly different species.



Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Educator Guide
For Teachers: Pre-visit Activities, Grades 9-12
Click here.


Meet Your Relatives
How are you like a chimpanzee? In what ways do you differ from a Neanderthal? Find out with this detailed, interactive look at humans and their closest cousins.
Click here.


American Museum of Natural History

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New York, NY 10024-5192
Phone: 212-769-5100

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except on Thanksgiving and Christmas
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