The Origins of Humankind


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Which of the following is NOT a landmark development in hominid history?

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1. What is the oldest specimen of hominid found today, and possibly, the first speciation from the common ape ancestor?

2. Which development allowed humans to add more protein to their diet and increase brain capacity?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The origins of humankind are still contested and somewhat blurry today, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your knowledge of what is known about the development of Homo sapiens up until now. The practice questions on the quiz will test you on hominid history, specimens of hominids, and developments that contributed to the evolution of modern man.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on:

  • The development of hominid history
  • When Homo sapiens first appeared
  • The significance of adding protein to the diet
  • The effect of developing agriculture

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will allow you to test your skills in the following areas:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you understand the important developments of hominids in the origins of humankind lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main concepts, such as the types of hominids and developments discussed in the lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the development of humans

Additional Learning

To learn more about the origins of humankind, review the accompanying lesson, The Origins of Humankind. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Discuss the development of Homo sapiens
  • Describe human ancestors that represent the evolutionary divergence from chimpanzees
  • Define bipedalism and understand why this is an important concept
  • Discuss the development of the Homo genus