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The Missing Link
M. Elizabeth Strasser
The setting for this case study is a paleontological dig in East Africa, where “Sam,” an American undergraduate student, has unearthed part of what appears to be an ancestral human skull. Students read the case story and then, in the lab, they examine a number of primate skulls and are asked to make up a phylogeny based on their observations. The is case study is designed for a lower division, general education laboratory course that accompanies a lecture course in physical (biological) anthropology.
|Keywords:||Missing link; human anatomy; human evolution; fossils; hominid; hominin; Paranthropus boisei; Australopithecus boisei; Kenya; East Africa|
|Educational Level:||High school, Undergraduate lower division|
|Subject Headings:||Anthropology Evolutionary Biology Paleontology Anatomy|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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