The Humans That Lived Before Us

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You may struggle to find similarities between humans and many of our ancestors. Fossil evidence finds more and more signs of similarities between humans and many other species. A lesson outlines the fossil evidence and the questions scientists must consider as they classify species.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a tree diagram showing the ancestors of the human species discussed in the lesson
  • Have learners create a list of characteristics they believe should be present to prove linkage to human ancestry
Classroom Considerations

  • Knowledge of the hierarchy of species classification is helpful
Pros

  • Uses images of actual fossils to make claims
  • Discusses several different strategies of classification
Cons

  • None