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Educational Resources


How Bipedalism Arose Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson offers his opinion on how we humans first walked upright.

Origins of Bipedalism Explore the hypotheses for why we stand up, choose your favorite, then hear what paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson thinks.

Compare the Skeletons The bones of chimps, early human ancestors, and modern people reveal what it takes for us to walk upright.

Walking Tall Video illustrates the differences between the skeletons of chimpanzee and a human.

The evolutionary history of jogging March 2010 Evo in the News from Understanding Evolution and NESCent. Barefoot running may sound like just another fitness fad, soon to go the way of hula-hoops or jazzercise, but this trend has a surprising connection to evolution.

Ardipithecus ramidus

Oldest skeleton of human ancestor found Shreeve, J. October 1, 2009. News story on the discovery of Ardipithecus ramidus.

Ardipithecus: we meet at last October 1, 2009 blog posting by Carl Zimmer summarizing the research on Ardipithecus ramidus.

Ardipithecus ramidus From the Smithsonian NMNH Human Origins website. Basic information on A. ramidus.

Science coverage of Ardipithecus ramidus.
Science has made the complete papers and commentaries on the discovery of A. ramidus, including extensive information on the environment A. ramidus lived in, available free.

Discovering Ardi
From Discovery. Video clips, interactives and text stories on Ardipithecus.

Australopithecus afarensis

Humanity, Meet Lucy. She's Your Mom.
Kelm, B. Wired Nov. 24, 2009.

From the University of Texas at Austin. eLucy is a website that will help you to learn about the world's most famous fossil. This website provides activities and lessons that will help you to learn about Lucy's place within the history of human evolution. Some activities are online, but others can be completed offline.

Australopithecus afarensis
From the Smithsonian NMNH Human Origins website. Basic information on A. afarensis.

Australopithecus sediba

Possible New Human Ancestor Discovered.
Kelm, B. Wired April 8, 2010. Rick Potts weighs in on the relationship between Australopithecus sediba and Homo.

Australopithecus sediba
From the Smithsonian NMNH Human Origins website. Basic information on A. sediba.

Science coverage of Australopithecus sediba
Science has made the coverage of the discovery of A. sediba, including podcast interviews and video reconstructions of the skull, available free.

Homo floresiensis

What is the Hobbit?
Powledge, T.M 2006 PLoS Biology Vol4(12): e440. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0040440.
Both John Hawks and Rick Potts are interviewed in this piece on Homo floresiensis.

Hobbit-like Human Ancestor Found in Asia
Mayell, H. Oct. 27, 2004 National Geographic. An early story on Homo floresiensis with some nice images.

The People Time Forgot: Flores Find
April 25, 2005 National Geographic story about the discovery of Homo floresiensis

Homo floresiensis
From the Smithsonian NMNH Human Origins website. Basic information and a short video on the discovery of H. floresiensis.

Nature News on Homo floresiensis
Check here for updated stories on Homo floresiensis.