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Year 9 - 13

Human biological and cultural evolution

Delivered partly as a formal lecture, this session provides students with a rare opportunity to examine early hominid tools.

Year levels 12-13, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Term 3: 24 July–29 Sep 2017
Auckland Museum Learning Centre
New Zealand Curriculum
Levels 7-8
- Science (Biology)
Related galleries and exhibitions
Origins gallery


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 91606 Demonstrate understanding of trends in human evolution. 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.

Digital resources

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.

Walking with Cavemen - TV and Radio series.

An outstanding human evolution resource specifically designed for New Zealand science teachers. Produced and hosted by the University of Waikato.

Scientific American is a leading publication reporting on current evolutionary research. Highly recommended.

National Geographic magazine takes a more popularist approach than the above but regularly features relevant articles and useful graphics.

New Scientist Magazine is a source of detailed, up to date research on human evolution.

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