Fossil and Migration Patterns in Early Hominids (Grades 9-12)

Author/Source: Banister-Marx, John (via Understanding Evolution)

Overview: Students plot the distribution of major hominid taxa on a world map to hypothesize about the origin and movement of prehuman ancestors.

Concepts: This lesson covers the following concepts: 

  • The fossil record documents patterns of extinction and the appearance of new forms.
  • Scientists use fossils (including sequences of fossils showing gradual change over time) to learn about past life.
  • Scientists use the geographic distribution of fossils and living things to learn about the history of life.
Grade Level: 9-12

Time: One or two class periods

Teacher Background: Explore these links for additional information on the topics covered in this lesson:
Teaching Tips: As this lesson was developed in 1995, you may want to have your students explore any new data that would influence the findings used within this lesson.