Human Evolution: Following Lucy's Footsteps

by  Cleveland Museum of Natural History

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Trace the development of modern humans using information from fossil hominids as well as clues from living primates. Closely examining primate bones and fossil casts from the Museum galleries, students will "meet" their primate cousins and ancestors. The differences between primate groups will be explored, as well as the characteristics that distinguish primates from other mammals. The human family tree, including "Lucy", will help students understand their place in human prehistory. Research-quality casts from the Hamman-Todd Osteological Collection, one of the largest research collections of modern human skeletons in the world, are used to illustrate unique human physiological traits.

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60 minutes; grades 6-10

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Minimum participants:

No minimum required.

Maximum participants:

We suggest 30 or less for maximum participation.

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Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland, OH
United States

Our Mission Statement: To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future.
CMNH programs address appropriate Revised Ohio Academic Content Standards in Science and Social Studies, and the National Health Education Standards.

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Program Details


1. Interactive discussion-what is a human?
2. View images of various prehistoric hominids and compare them to modern humans.
3. Use casts of various hominid bones from our Museum-provided kit to demonstrate how their shapes affect locomotion.
4. Time is allowed for questions and answers.


Students will--
Distinguish between the different primate groups: lemurs, Old World monkeys; New World monkeys; apes and hominids (humans).
Describe how science and technology have been used to identify various lines of evidence for human evolution e.g. molecular: DNA, skeletal: comparative anatomy, embryology and behavioral.
Recognize differences between various hominid ancestors: Ardipithecus ramidus; Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy); A. boisei; A. garhi; Homo habilis; H. erectus; H. sapiens neandertalensis; and modern H. sapiens. Comparisons will focus on brain size, diet and tool use.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

See Ohio Academic Content Standards below.

State Standards

Grade 6:Life Science-Cellular to Multicellular

•Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function.
Grade 8: Life Science-Species and Reproduction
•Diversity of species occurs through gradual processes over many generations. Fossil records provide evidence that changes have occurred in number and types of species.
HS Science: Environmental Science-Earth Systems: Interconnected Spheres of Earth
•Biosphere (Evolution and adaptation in populations, Biodiversity)