Major sections include Stone Age People and Natural World.The Stone Age section has a quiz to test your survival skills, a description of tools and animals, a discussion of culture and creativity, and more.It explains “for a general audience” the mechanisms of evolution through varied resources and provides as overview of the history of evolutionary thought and the history of life on Earth history of ideas, research, and contributors in the study of evolution.A helpful chart Understanding Evolution for teachers is a subsite within Understanding Evolution dedicated to helping teachers with the subject of evolution.Fossil Fragments: The Riddle of Human Origins This offering from Yale University is based on a 2004 exhibition and explores the history of fossil hunting and fossils themselves.The history section is essentially an essay, but the rest of the site is highly visual and features great up-close photos of bronze age and neanderthal skulls.
Visit the Stonehenge Dig section for video of the historic Timewatch dig.
You meet the leader, read reports from the field, and join them in trying to figure out the “puzzle.” Included is an exhibit on Africa as the cradle of evolution, an introduction to Hominids, and a “Hominid Family Album.” There are K-12 classroom ideas a small listing of related links. Atlas of the Human Journey This broad but engaging site from the National Geographic Society employs an interactive globe to explore key historical events and a “genetics journey” to explain personal lineage over tens of thousands of years. BBC History: Archaeology This is an informative and engaging site from the BBC.
There are special sections on excavating human remains and the story of carbon dating as well as archaeology news stories from the BBC.
There are many educational materials available for download and related resources include a guide to finding fossils, a Tree of Life “Cladogram,” Darwin resources, and tools of early man.
In Search of Human Origins This National Geographic offering follows a team investigating prehistoric footprints in Botswana.