Tuesday, September 6, 2016

'Lucy' Update and Introducing the Neanderthals

'Lucy' Update: Did she die from falling out of tree? So as to prove the point that new archaeological evidence is constantly changing our understanding of the ancient past, just this week CNN came out with a story speculating that Lucy, our early human ancestor, may have died from a fall from a tree. After reading an excerpt of the article and watching the video here, think about whether this story changes anything about your understanding of one our earliest human ancestors.

Introducing the Neanderthals The human evolution journey continues as we learn about another human species, one that many consider to be the most closely related to us: the Neanderthals. As you read from the excerpts from our Ancient Civilizations textbook below, use the document Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram (in your Social Studies Google Classroom) to take notes on how Neanderthals are both similar and different compared to our modern human species.


Video: The Neanderthals  Now we are going to continue to learn about the lives of the Neanderthals, as we add to our Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram, by watching excerpts of the Discovery Channel documentary Neanderthal.    

Homework  Please complete your Current Event Notes and Summary and the document Neanderthal and Modern Humans - Venn Diagram by Friday, September 9