Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements

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What factor do scientists rely on in order to classify an event as ''prehistoric''?

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1. What branch of science studies fossils from ancient times, specifically prehistoric times?

2. Why might prehistoric humans have started to migrate away from the continent of Africa?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

While new evidence continues to change what we know about the origin of human life, it is theorized that Homo sapiens first appeared in Africa over 200,000 years ago before beginning to migrate to other parts of the world. This quiz and worksheet combination will check your understanding of the conditions that compelled migration and the multiple paths that led humans to settle across the globe.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Mastery of this quiz will require knowledge of the following:

  • Definitions of key terms
  • Characteristics of prehistoric eras
  • Paths of human migration

Skills Practiced

Students taking this quiz will practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related geography lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as prehistoric
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about migratory paths of Homo sapiens

Additional Learning

The lesson on human migration, titled Prehistoric Human Migrations: History & Movements, contains the following objectives:

  • Use most current data to approximate origin of Homo sapiens
  • Trace prehistoric peoples' multiple waves of migration
  • Explore the role climate played in prehistoric migration
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