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Human Evolution - Early Human Diets

In this video, anthropologist Dr. Briana Pobiner explains how cut marks on animal bones reveal early human diets.


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. This show aired March 27, 2014.



National Middle School Standards

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Life Science


From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
  • MS-LS1-4Use 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.


Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
  • MS-LS4-1Analyze 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-LS4-2Apply 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.


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

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