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Crash Course: Human Evolution (15:41)

Key Ideas

As this video progresses, key ideas will be introduced to invoke discussion.

Key Ideas

Think about the following questions as you watch the video

  1. 03:42 Why is it wrong to say that humans evolved from monkeys or chimps?
  2. 04:11 What are some common characteristics shared by humans and other primates like chimpanzees?
  3. 06:02 Why did our primate ancestors begin to move out of the trees and become bipedal?
  4. 06:30 Australopithecines come before the genus Homo in our evolutionary tree. What are some characteristics of australopithecines?
  5. 07:25 Homo habilis, also known as “handy man,” had larger brains and made tools, but evidence has shown no signs of a substantial increase in collective learning. Why not?
  6. 09:11 What new things did Homo ergaster (erectus) do?
  7. 10:52 What is collective learning? Why is it important to the story of human evolution
  8. 13:47 What were some advantages foragers had in comparison to peasant farmers or modern office workers?