Digital Program | Primate Evolution
Analyse and compare living primates with fossils, bones, bio facts and DNA to reveal human’s closest living and extinct relatives, the evolutionary trends leading from primates to humans and what it means to be classified as Homo sapiens.
Each program includes a 30-minute online workshop with a Zoo Teacher and a teaching guide filled with activities for your scope and sequence. While not a tour of the zoo, you will have direct access to your own expert Zoo Teacher and unique zoo content.
Through collection of observational data and analysis of fossils, anatomy and DNA, students will uncover human’s closest living and extinct relatives. Determining the evolutionary trends leading from primates to humans.
Students will explore primate biofacts obtained from the past and present to identify and analyse adaptations and determine the phylogeny of species. DNA sequence comparisons will be utilised to further analyse species relatedness and draw phylogenetic trees. Students will gather some evidence to support human evolution through behavioural observations and comparing with a range of primates.
Students will learn:
- The anatomical and behavioural characteristics of primates, hominoids and hominins
- The processes that underpin speciation of primates and humans
- Construction and use of phylogenetic trees to identify relatedness of species
- How to collect and analyse behavioural observation data
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Use the activities in the Teaching Guide (below) to inform and prepare students’ before their online workshop.
Connect and Understand
Students will draw on their analysis of anatomical, molecular and behavioural evidence, in combination with understanding of evolutionary processes. They will identify evolutionary trends, describe relatedness of species and build a phylogenetic tree to model human evolution. Data collected and provided can be used as part of the school based assessment.
Use activities in the Teaching Guide to deepen students’ learning.
Use the Teaching Guide to enable students to master their knowledge and skills in real-world contexts.
Primate Evolution Teaching Guide *coming soon*
Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) – Biology
Area of Study 1: How are species related?
- Students will use comparative anatomy, behaviour observations and DNA of living and once living primates to explore changes in the genetic make-up of a population, changes in biodiversity over time, determine relatedness between species and human change over time
Area of Study 3: Practical Investigation
- Students will carry out behavioural observations and compare primary and secondary data to understand the trends in primate and human change over time that can be used as part of the school based assessment
Online workshop details
Your Online Workshop will be hosted on Zoom.
All you need is a computer or device with internet access. It’s great if it also has a web cam and mic but that's not necessary.
Students can also communicate with a Zoo Teacher by typing in the Chat box.
We will send out a link to join the program to the teacher that booked.
Join us ten minutes before your start time. Arriving early will enable us to check any tech issues and start your session on time.
Please call 1300 966 784 to book.