Human biological and cultural evolution Year levels 12 - 13 Duration One hour 2013 sessions Term 4 (14 October - 13 December 2013), $6 per student 2014 sessions Term 3, Term 4, $5 per student Examine early hominid tools and the Museum's replica skull collection in an investigation of human evolution This programme directly addresses NCEA Level 3 Biology Achievement Standard 90719 Describe trends in human evolution. Delivered partly as a formal lecture, this session allows students to closely examine early hominid tools; the indicators of cultural evolution. We’ll also look at how these tools relate to the Museum’s replica skull collection. In facilitated discussion, students are challenged to identify biological changes that have taken place over sequential time periods and to cite associated scientific evidence. We recommend combining this session with a New Zealand Speciation session. This programme is assisted by LEOTC, funded by the Ministry of Education. Booking information The Human biological and cultural evolution programme is hosted in the Museum's Stevenson Learning Centre where we can accommodate up to 30 students. There is a minimum charge of 20 students per session, at $6 per school student during 2013, and $5 per school student during 2014. The Human Evolution programme can be combined with a New Zealand Speciation session, and a visit to the Origins gallery, or a visit to another Museum gallery of your choice. Contact one of our programmers for more information, or book your session now. Book now Digital resources BBC Science and Nature: Prehistoric Life Walking with Cavemen - TV and Radio series. Walking with Cavemen - A Book and DVD by John Lynch and Louise Barrett. An excellent companion to the TV series providing an overview of key points and contemporary thinking on the topic. University of Waikato An outstanding human evolution resource specifically designed for New Zealand science teachers. Produced and hosted by the University of Waikato. Scientific American The official website of Scientific American, a leading publication reporting on current evolutionary research. Highly recommended. National Geographic The official website of National Geographic magazine. Takes a more popularist approach than the above but regularly features relevant articles and useful graphics. New Scientist Magazine The official website of New Scientist magazine. Another source of detailed, up to date research on human evolution. Smithsonian Museum The Smithsonian Institution—the world's largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. Natural History Museum (NHM) Through their collections and scientific expertise, the NHM is helping to conserve the extraordinary richness and diversity of the natural world with groundbreaking projects in more than 68 countries.