[Surfnetkids: 05 Oct 2011] Human Evolution



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#1. October 5, 2011

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

As I was penning this week’s Human Evolution column, I thought a lot about those of you who teach creationism instead of evolution. Since comments are not enabled on this section of Surfnetkids.com, I decided to open up the discussion at my blog BarbaraFeldman.com.

So, my question to you is, as a parent or a teacher, do you teach evolution or creationism? Please vote in the poll and feel free to leave a comment.

http://www.barbarafeldman.com/do-you-teach-evolution-or-creationism

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#2. Human Evolution

by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/human_evolution.htm

Human Evolution Printable (** for premium members only)
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The science of human evolution is called physical anthropology or paleoanthropology. These scientists study ancient fossils in their search for what makes us human. The first discovery of modern paleoanthroplogy was the skull of a Neanderthal man in 1856 in a valley east of Dusseldorf, Germany.

BBC: Human Beginnings
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“Just over three million years ago, an ape in Africa began to walk on two legs and took the first step on the long road to civilization. Along the way, we discovered flint tools, fire and farming. But what is it that makes us truly human?” BBC has a great collection of articles (just click your way through the section headings to find them) as well as games and quizzes (look in the left-hand column under Prehistoric Life and in the right-hand column under Related Links.)

Becoming Human
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The Institute of Human Origins is a research and education institute now associated with Arizona State University. Start with the Interactive Timeline feature, that takes you back seven million years to explore evidence found by paleontologists all around the world. The oldest discovery on the time is the skull nicknamed Toumai, and found in 2002 by Michel Brunet and his team in Chad. For printable classroom handouts and online games, visit the Learning Center.

PBS: Evolution
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Built as a companion to the seven episode 2001 PBS television series, this site still has lots of valuable content. Whether you explore via the “For Students” link or jump into any of the episodes from the front page, you’ll reach the same videos and related web activities. For a newer version of the website (which includes full video from more recent shows), click on the “Visit NOVA’s new evolution site” banner. Be sure to watch Early Humans in Pop Culture. “For 150 years, pop culture has offered distorted images of our ancestors.”

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#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

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Human Evolution Printable

Human Evolution Wikipedia Printable
Fossils Printable

Human Anatomy Printable

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#4. Related Games

Fossil Coloring Pages
http://www.freekidscoloring.com/fossil/

Anatomy Coloring Pages
http://www.freekidscoloring.com/anatomy/

Human Anatomy Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/human_anatomy-ws.htm

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