Fossil Hominids

Lots of kids are fascinated by early humans. These sites will lead them to photo galleries and deeper treatments. However, be aware that evolution sites on the web - at least those that are not associated with an institution - can be a pretty rough neighborhood. The debate is often couched as "Evil-utionists vs. Cretin-ists," and can be rude and nasty, with language not suitable for children. Don't let them stray too far from these sites unless you enjoy fielding phone calls from parents.

National Center for Science Education
NCSE has developed the best site on the web for resources on teaching evolution, and countering the arguments of "scientific creationists" and intelligent design advocates.

Fossil Hominids in 3D
3D gallery of five modern primate relatives and five fossil ancestors of humans that can be rotated 360 degrees. Each is accompanied by a short description of its relevance to human evolution, and a site map. Developed by Phillip Walker and Ed Hagen, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Fossil Hominids: The Evidence for Human Evolution, at Talk.Origins
In the webmaster's opinion, Talk.Origins is the best one-stop location for resources dealing with evolution. The texts are well thought out, frequently richly illustrated, and aimed at a general audience without dumbing them down. One could spend days on this site.

The African Emergence And Early Asian Dispersals Of The Genus Homo
Excellent article from the American Scientist by Roy Larick and Russell L. Ciochon (1996), two respected physical anthropologists. May be thick going at times for the uninitiated.

The First Europeans: Treasures from the Hills of Atapuerca
Site by the American Museum of Natural History covering the important Neandertal and early hominid sites of Atapuerca and Gran Dolina, Spain. Many of the artifacts and skeletal remains were exhibited in New York in 2003.

The Life & Times Of Early Man
Not terribly up to date, but with all the finds in Africa, it's hard to stay current. This is a good kid's text site, but no photographs.

Neandertals: A Cyber Perspective
A graphics intensive site on Neandertals, very nicely done. Fairly high level site, but with a copyright of 1997 it might be dated somewhat. By Carlina M. de la Cova, who certainly deserves credit for her work.

A Look At Modern Human Origins
Rather technical descriptions of nearly all hominid species, with images. The photos show the kinds of materials paleoanthropologists find and work with. Large list of links of an academic nature.

Resources For Understanding How We Came Into Being
Sub-Department Of Human Evolution, Massey University , New Zealand - Don't let the introductory page scare you off. Sort of an online course on human evolution

Human Origins And Evolution In Africa
This page was established by Prof. Jeanne Sept to maintain links to a constantly growing scientific database, and as teaching resources for her students.

The Alfred Russel Wallace Page
Wallace's letter to Darwin outlining his independently deduced theory of evolution by natural selection prompted Darwin to finally publish Origin of Species. An important historical figure and researcher in his own right.

Biology Links: Evolution
Harvard's page of links on the subject

Mitochondrial DNA Clarifies Human Evolution
Although only an introduction, this piece on mtDNA is probably appropriate to higher level students, or their teachers. It is followed by a wealth of links to resources for teaching about DNA, genetics/genomics, and evolution.

This is part of a rich site offered by, a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy. Their portal, "Seven Bioscience Challenges," examines biodiversity, envionment, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, education, and new frontiers in bioscience. Be careful not to get engrossed in all the original content

What is Cladistics?
"Cladistics is a method of analyzing the evolutionary relationships between groups to construct their family tree." And while you see references to it all the time, it is not for the faint of heart. This will give the serious student a start.

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