Understanding How Humans Evolved

Middle School Outreach Program

Understanding human evolution allows us to understand and ask questions about what modern humans look like and how we behave. This presentation will engage students with important questions about why humans are primates, what species we evolved from, how our bodies and behaviors have changed
over time, and what makes our species, Homo sapiens sapiens, unique. Dr. Jay Reti (UC Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Junior College) will use aspects of basic biology and social science to explain these complex issues to students in an engaging and fun way.

This program will bring multiple casts of early hominin species’ skulls so students can handle them and use them to ask questions about this subject. At the end of the presentation students will work on an assignment using the casts to find specific features on each of the hominins.


At the end of this hour-long presentation, students will come away with:


  1. take place in the classroom

  2. last for approximately 60 minutes

  3. include pre- and post presentation activities (upon request)

  4. are hands-on and inquiry based

  5. can be modified appropriately for your specific classroom

  6. are hassle-free and easy to plan

  7. are designed for a class of 30 students*

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  1. 1. the ability to explain aspects of what makes humans unique compared to other primates and early human species

  2. 2. the names of human and other early hominin species and the skeletal evidence for them

  3. 3. an established vocabulary to talk about evolution and the way species change over time

  4. 4. the ability to ask analytical questions and develop testable hypotheses about human evolution

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