- Comparative Anatomy
Overview: The ~3.7 million year old tracks left by early hominins at Laetoli, Tanzania, provide a tantalizing opportunity to explore how current patterns of behavior may be used to understand extinct species. Techniques in this exercise may also be used to estimate current events, such as estimating the height of a suspect from footprints leading away from the scene of a crime. This lesson should be taught in conjunction with the "Step by Step: The Evolution of Bipedalism" lesson. Students should have a basic understanding of osteology (i.e., skeletal anatomy).
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