Pleistocene Summary Table Project

Description

  1. Compare major cranial-dental features to understand fossil hominin classification.
  2. Identify & describe the taxonomy of Pleistocene hominins.
  3. Recognize when specific human traits first appear in the fossil record.
  4. Identify difficulties with how we define modern humans.
  5. Recognize and differentiate significant paleontological events in the Pleistocene epoch.
  6. Identify and explain each of these Homo species and their significance in Pleistocene evolution: H. erectus/ergaster, H. antecessor, H. heidelbergensis, H. neanderthalensis, and H. sapiens.
  7. Define and describe what factors led to the speciation, spread, and, in some cases, extinction of the above fossil hominins.
  8. Recognize and explain the significance of dental, cranial, and postcranial evidence about each of the above fossil humans.

Compare major cranial-dental features to understand fossil hominin classification.