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Photo Credit: Dental chipping in Homo naledi. Ian Towle and colleagues (2017).

Science Friday revisits Homo naledi with classroom resources

This is a neat feature from NPR’s Science Friday giving resources for teachers who want to include the SciFri episode on Homo naledi as part of their classroom exercises: “Where does Homo naledi fit into our family tree?”.

It includes alignments with science standards for U.S. K-12 teachers.

Have students compare and contrast different hominid skulls using these drawings and timeline. Where does Homo naledi fit in? How does it compare to other hominid skulls? Using the diagrams and figures in this article about the Homo naledi discovery, relate your skull observations to how Homo naledi alters our view of the human evolutionary tree.

We’ve sure come a long way in a few years!