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In Search of Human Origins: Lucy

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At the beginning of our Human Origins unit, we'll watch the first part of the NOVA special called In Search of Human Originsfrom PBS. The video is narrated by famous paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson and recalls the discovery of the oldest, most complete human skeleton found.

The creature was an australopithecus afarensis, and nicknamed "Lucy." For classwork and homework this week, you will need to fill in the chart about Lucy's Bones. The notes for the chart are below. In class we only watch the first 34 minutes:


From the fragments of Lucy’s skeleton, scientists were able to find out a number of facts about her. In class you received a grid to record which skeletal fragments give us certain information. Make sure you have listed each fragment and what anthropologists were able to learn from it.


Pelvic Bones Show…
That Lucy was female
Pelvic bones show the gender of the once living hominid

Leg Bones Show…
That Lucy was about 3.5 feet tall (height)
That she was abou…

The Skull in the Rock by Lee Berger

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In class, we were using the PORST reading strategy while looking at the bookThe Skull in the Rock by paleoanthropologist Lee Berger and writer Marc Aronson and published by National Geographic.

We've been taking notes in the "boxes and bullets" format with a summary of each chapter using a main idea "box" at the top of the page and bullets for the supporting details.

The PQRST method includes the following steps:

PREVIEW - Preview the text, look at the pictures, read captions, titles and subtitles

QUESTION - Think of a question that gets to the main point of the chapter you're about to read

READ - Read the chapter a paragraph or two at a time, and stop to reread parts that might be difficult

SUMMARIZE - Write a single bullet for each paragraph or two to tell the main points you read

TEST YOURSELF/TALK ABOUT IT - Be sure you understand and respond to what you read


Also, here's a video from National Geographic of Lee Berger talking about how he used Googl…