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The Dating Game

A Case Study in Human Evolution


Author(s)

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 Areas

N/A

Educational Level

High school, Undergraduate lower division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Role-Play

Language

English

Subject Headings

Evolutionary Biology  |   Anthropology  |   Biology (General)  |   Paleontology  |  


Date Posted

10/09/99

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