Examining Primate Skulls

Skulls – our own, from extant primates, and from fossils can tell us a lot about our human evolution.

Objectives:

  • Students learn how measure and observe primate skulls – including their own!
  • Students will use data to reconstruct tree.
Procedure

  • Examine Skulls
  • Record observations on worksheet

Background

Smithsonian Human Evolution

Questions to Ponder

Q:Why do humans have such small canine teeth?

A:

Q: What is the purpose of a saggital crest?

A:

 

Our Proconsul skull proved to represent a species named africanus. The forehead was rounded and smooth. The teeth were more like those of chimpanzees.

~ Louis Leakey

 

Adult Human

Materials

Baby Chimp

Homo habilus

Boisei