Human Origins Lab

Recommended for students 6th–8th grade or as an introduction to human evolution for grades 9-12.

How did environmental changes drive the evolution of our species? Students will act as evolutionary biologists as they analyze and interpret fossil evidence from bones and skulls of our ancient human relatives. By comparing anatomical structures, they will uncover and construct an argument about differences between extinct hominins and ourselves and the role of environment in shaping evolution.

Times: 9:30 am, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm
Number of students: 30 maximum
Length: One hour
Fee: $10.00 per student ($250 minimum per program), includes museum admission. One chaperone per five students free; $10.00 per additional adult chaperone.

Please note: One chaperone per five students is required for grades K–8.

See also: Grades 6-12

Related Museum Resources

Gallery Games

Grades 1-6

How many things can you notice? Try out your looking and memory skills.  These activities will help your group look at objects in the museum more closely and have fun with the exhibits. Work in small groups with an adult facilitating.