Using the Scientific Process to Study Human Evolution
This interactive module explores how scientists use the scientific process to learn about the distant past of humans.
This Click & Learn shows how paleoanthropologists, scientists who study human evolution, use the scientific process to make inferences about prehistoric events. Their work involves asking questions, making observations, testing ideas with evidence, and collaborating with others.
The accompanying “Worksheet” guides students’ exploration of the Click & Learn.
Student Learning Targets
- Identify and explain key elements in the scientific process, such as asking questions and testing ideas with evidence.
- Describe how scientists use the scientific process to learn about human evolution.
dinosaur, fossil, Homo sapiens, paleontology, principle of superposition, radiocarbon dating, scientific method
AP Biology (2019)
EVO-1.M, EVO-1.N, EVO-3.G; SP1, SP2, SP3
IB Biology (2016)
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Learning Objectives & Practices: ERT-2.H, SP5
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
Common Core (2010)
Vision and Change (2009)
CC1; DP1, DP4