Hominid & Ape Comparison Set - This set includes a selection of early hominid and great ape replica skulls for use in comparative anatomy, anthropology and evolutionary study. Skulls are presented in this set at a significant savings. Perfect for the classroom with a tight budget!
Set includes: BC-001 Gorilla Skull, BC-003 Chimpanzee Skull, BC-016 Modern Human Skull, BH-004 Homo heidelbergensis "Rhodesian Man" Skull, BH-015 Australopithecus boisei "Zinjanthropus" Skull, BH-038 Homo erectus "Peking Man" Skull and BH-001 Australopithecus afarensis Skull.
Use of the Replica Hominid & Ape Comparison Set in an NGSS Biology High School class
Students was able to handle and measure the different skulls to collect data to be used to construct a cladogram hypothesizing the evolutionary relationships between the different species. This provided a visual, kinesthetic, and mathematical delivery of the content. From the students perspective, "Is this real? What would be evidence for walking on two legs? Why did the jaws change?" I limited the initial work to 5 skulls, allowing students to explore and develop explanations of the species relatedness. By adding two additional skulls later, I was able to extend the Explain and Elaborate stage into an authentic anthropological Evaluate. Fitting the two additional species into their cladogram was done collaboratively, and their discourse was astounding. I've used a library set from UCSF for several years. I recall one of my English Learners class sitting around after school having a deep, scientific discussion of the skulls and their relatedness. Their written argumentative analysis was individual, and based on the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning report format adopted by our school district.