viernes, 25 de mayo de 2012

BBC: Ancient History

BBC's History section offers an impressive array of exhibitions, activities, games, photo galleries, and other resources. The BBC Ancient History section focuses on Anglo-Saxons, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Vikings. Among the special attractions are examples of Roman art found in Britain, planning your own Viking raid, and discovering treasures from the 'cradle of civilization.' Take some time to explore more of the BBC History offerings. There are engaging sections entitled Multimedia Room, Historic Figures, Timelines, Programmes, Reading Room, Talk History, For Kids, and History Trails. Aimed at upper elementary and lower secondary students.

BBC Prehistoric Life

This informative and engaging site, part of BBC Science and Nature, has many detailed sections, including Caveman Profiles, Lucy's Legacy, Dinosaurs, Walking with Monsters, and more. In the caveman section you can click on a skull for handy facts about hominids. Lucy's Legacy is a broad introduction to human evolution and discusses why Lucy is so important to human evolution. It then branches out to discuss Earth's climate, new homo species, development of human intelligence, First Europeans, Ice Man, and more. In other parts of the site you can listen to Radio 4 programs on evolution and related topics and watch a 3D tours of dinosaur landscapes. The Human Evolution section provides an overview of a three million year human journey "from the treetops of Africa to civilisation." The presentation is a mix of text and graphics supplemented with related BBC links.


The PBS Evolution web site compliments a seven-part, eight-hour television broadcast series. This rich and impressive site features video clips from the series, simulations, animations, interactive timelines, expert commentary, primary sources, and extensive links to evolution-related learning resources worldwide. Among the special educational features are a free, 40-page teacher's guide available and an eight-session course for high school teachers, four 15-minute videos that highlight the teaching of evolution in real classrooms around the country, online lessons that use multimedia formats to enhance students' understanding of evolutionary and a multimedia library that provides Web access to more than 150 multimedia resources and concepts.

miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2012

Discovering Ardi

"Ardi" is a newly discovered female hominid who lived 4.4 million years ago and a million years before the famous Lucy, long studied as the earliest skeleton of a human ancestor. She is of incredible importance in our understanding of human evolution. This Discovery special website features an interactive guide to the oldest skeleton from our family "tree," a photo album that traces the process of discovery, and 15 video clips that share insight into Ardi's importance. There are also contributions from the international team of experts who took fifteen years to piece together "Ardi" and her world. A great introduction to Ardi and her place in the history of human origins.

viernes, 18 de mayo de 2012

Becoming Human

Presented by the Institute of Human Origins, Becoming Human is an impressive and regularly updated site that explores human evolution in "a broadband documentary experience" with video, articles, news and debates in paleoanthropology and a Web guide. Watch an introductory video overview of evolution with guide Donald Johanson, read paleoanthropology news and book reviews, and visit the learning center for educational activities and lessons. The Human Lineage Though Time is an excellent interactive timeline. The site also features a glossary of terms and recommended web sites.