WEBCAST: Human Evolution - Early Human Diets

Watch the archive of the webcast featuring Dr. Briana Pobiner. In the show, Briana explains how cut marks on animal bones reveal early human diets.

Smithsonian Science How: Human Evolution - Early Human Diets 

Featuring Anthropologist Briana Pobiner

Dr. Briana Pobiner is an Anthropologist at the National Museum of Natural History. Join her in the discovery of fossil evidence of some of the earliest humans on Earth. Share her excitement about holding an animal bone that was handled by an early human more than 1 million years ago. Consider what you can learn about early humans from cut marks on ancient animal bones. Contemplate the significance of the evolution of meat-eating in humans. See how Briana is helping us better understand the lives of our 1.5-million-year-old ancestors.

Watch a recording of the March 27, 2014, webcast above. The show aligns with national science standards and national social studies standards

Briana's Answers to Student Questions

How do you participate in the webcast program?

1. WATCH the archive video 

2. Get TEACHING RESOURCES for the webcast

3. Design an ASSESSMENT for your students


The Human Evolution Webcast Package supports students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations by offering a set of resources that integrate science concepts with science practice skills.

MS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

  • MS-LS1-4 Use argument based on empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support an explanation for how characteristic animal behaviors and specialized plant structures affect the probability of successful reproduction of animals and plants respectively

MS-LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

  • MS-LS4-1. Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past
  • MS-LS4-2. Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.


The Human Evolution Webcast Package supports students in meeting the Social Studies listed below by offering a set of resources that integrate anthropology concepts with anthropology skills. 

People, Places, and Environments

  • The study of people, places, and environments enables us to understand the relationship between human populations and the physical world
  • During their studies, learners develop an understanding of spatial perspectives, and examine changes in the relationship between peoples, places and environments