Human Origins

Grade Level: Middle and High School
Science Content Standard: 10.5
High School Biology Enrichment Standard: Evolution
Social Studies Standard: 10
Language Arts Content Standards: 1.2; 1.4

Description: This program takes place in the Yale Peabody Museum's Fossil Fragments: The Riddle of Human Origins exhibition and introduces the evidence that scientists use to understand the details of human evolution. The program provides an outstanding introduction to the way science works. Rather than viewing science as presenting established facts, we will explore what is known, what can be known, and why scientists are still looking for fossil fragments.

Photo/Image (left): A replica of the almost complete 1.6 million-year-old skeleton of a Homo erectus boy is a highlight of the Fossil Room in the Yale Peabody Museum exhibition. Photograph by Terry Dagradi.