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The Dating Game

A Case Study in Human Evolution



Co Authors:

Shoshana Tobias
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo

Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo
herreid@buffalo.edu

Abstract:

In this role-playing case study, students attempt to determine the identity of a variety of human fossils based on characteristics described during a “quiz show.”  The case was designed to be used in a general biology class for freshman students where the focus is on evolution. It could also be used in an anthropology or paleontology course.

Objectives:
  • Learn the major physical and cultural characteristics of early hominids.
Keywords: Hominid; Australopithecus africanus; Australopithecus afarensis; Australopithecus boisei; Australopithecus robustus; Homo habilis; Homo erectus; Homo neanderthalensis; Homo sapiens; human evolution; fossils
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Role-Play
Language: English
Subject Headings: Evolutionary Biology   Anthropology   Biology (General)   Paleontology  
Date Posted: 10/09/99
Date Modified: N/A
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