Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Skull in the Rock by Lee Berger

In class, we were using the PORST reading strategy while looking at the book The 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 Google Earth to find some amazing fossils in Southern Africa.

Lee Berger is also at the forefront of the newest early human fossil find in Africa, the discovery of a small cave where some of the earliest human burials took place. The discovery is explained in the September 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine.

Check out the cover story here: This Face Changes the Human Story: But How?

From NGM:
While primitive in some respects, the face, skull, and teeth show enough modern features to justify H. naledi's placement in the genus Homo. Artist Gurche spent some 700 hours reconstructing the head from bone scans, using bear fur for hair.

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