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Evolutionary Theory: Part Two

This is the second article in the series of fun and thought-provoking lessons by Jane Smith. For more of her work see her homepage at At Home Learning. These lessons were written with sixth to twelfth graders in mind. The sites in these lessons will give you background in basic human communities.

copyright 2000 Haven Preparatory Academy and Jane Smith

Lesson 2: More on Evolutionary Theory

Early Man

1. According to the web site, what were the types of "Early Man" scientists have found so far?

*Answers to the next 3 questions are not at the web site.

*2. Where and how were these "fossil men" found?

*3. What conflict exists between the scientists who are trying to explain the fossil record and the religious beliefs of the following groups:
a. Christians
b. Muslims
c. Jews
d. Buddhists
e. Hindus
f. any other religions


*4. How did scientists decide how old these fossils were?

Answers to the rest of the questions are at the web site.

5. How do scientists know that "Lucy" stood upright?

6. Why do scientists think that "Homo habilis" did not stay in one place very long?

7. "Homo erectus" was able to make fire. How would this ability help Homo erectus survive?

8. What are the three types of Homo sapiens listed in the notes at the web site?

9. How do scientists know that Homo sapiens were more intelligent than other earlier hominids?

10. Scientists think that Neandertals were capable of religious thought because they ______ ______ _______ _______ ________ .

11. Neandertals' grave sites provide evidence of the use of ________, and give the earliest evidence of man as an artist.

*Answer is not directly given at the site, you must make an inference.

*12. How would Neandertal art help the community survive?

13. Cro-Magnon built ____________ homes, to shelter them from the long, harsh winter of the _____ _____ .

14. What food, clothing, tools, weapons, and art has been found at Cro-Magnon sites?

The next question may be answered at the following web site: PBS.org Nova

A. Put the pot together, then click "I'm Done."

B.1. Why are archaeologists able to find so many things to help them decide how ancient people lived?

B.2. What will our trash say about us? (Write 5 paragraphs, 5 sentences per paragraph).

To check out previous lessons by Jane Smith: Lesson 1


copyright 2000 Haven Preparatory Academy and Jane Smith

Lessons in This Series:

Lesson 1: Evolutionary Theory Part One
Lesson 2: Evolutionary Theory Part Two
Lesson 3: Locating Mesopotamia
Lesson 4: History/Geography of Mesopotamia
Lesson 5: Daily Life in Mesopotamia Lesson 6: Daily Life in Mesopotamia - Activities Lesson 7: Mesopotamia - Religion

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