WHI – Prehistory & Early Humans
How is Prehistory defined?
What is the job of an archaeologist?
What are examples of artifacts?
How is the age of artifacts determined?
What are examples of archaeological digs?
What does an anthropologist do?
What does a paleontologist do?
How do all of these scientists work together?
Important Scientists:
Why is Mary Leaky important?
What is a Hominid?
Why is Donald Johanson important?
What has been discovered since “Lucy”?
5 Hominids
Australopithecus Afarensis
Means:
Time Period:
Important because:
What did Australopithecus Afarensis look like?
What capabilities did they have?
Homo Habilis
Means:
Time Period:
Important because:
What did Homo Habilis look like?
What capabilities did they have?
Homo Erectus
Means:
Time Period:
Important because:
What did Homo Erectus look like?
What capabilities did they have?
Homo Sapiens
Neanderthal
Means:
Time Period:
Important because:
What did Neanderthal look like?
What capabilities did they have?
Cro-Magnon
Means:
Time Period:
Important because:
What did Cro-Magnon look like?
What capabilities did they have?
WHI – Prehistory & Early Humans
Place the number 1 next to the first hominid to appear, then chronologically to 5, which would
be the last hominid to appear.
_____ Neanderthal/ Homo sapiens neanderthalensis
_____ Homo Habilis
_____ Australopithecus Afarensis
_____ Homo Erectus
_____ Cro-Magnon
Who am I? Write the name of the hominid that identifies with the characteristic.
1. I created complex tools, like bows and arrows, fishhooks and paintbrushes.
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2. I created cave art. _______________________________________________
3. I lived in communities and often buried our dead.
__________________________________________
4. I created better tools like spears and knives to make hunting easier.
____________________________________________________________
5. I was the first hominid to migrate out of Africa. ___________________________________
6. I was the first to create fire. _________________________________________________________
7. I lived about 4 million years ago and “Lucy” is an example of my species.
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8. I am known as “handy man” because I used rocks as simple tools.
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9. My species of hominid was the first to live entirely in Europe, and a skeleton was found in
Germany. _________________________________________________
10. The remains of these two groups of hominids are only found in Africa.
________________________________________ &
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