Australopithecus: Definition, Characteristics & Evolution

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Which of the following species is not part of the genus Australopithecus?

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1. Which of the following belong to the Genus Homo?

2. What is the oldest known Australopithecine?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The Australopithecus genus encompasses several species, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand their shared characteristics and how they fit into human evolution. These resources will assess your ability to remember what characteristics belong to which species and the approximate times they lived in.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Prepare to answer questions about the following:

  • Naming different genera
  • Comparing Homo and Australopithecine characteristics and behavior
  • Recalling the time range in which Australopithecine existed

Skills Practiced

While you answer the quiz questions, you'll also be practicing the skills listed below:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related Australopithecus characteristics lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the Homo and Australopithecus genera
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding Australopithecine fossils

Additional Learning

Find out more about these early hominids by reviewing the lesson called Australopithecus: Definition, Characteristics & Evolution. This lesson includes the following objectives:

  • Defining Australopithecus
  • Explaining the history of the Australopithecus genus
  • Differentiating between hominid genera
  • Identifying members of the Australopithecus genus and their characteristics
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