Human origins

Best of History Web Sites - Prehistory
An annotated directory of web sites on prehistory, especially for K-12. Maintained by by Thomas Daccord, B.A. Princeton University, M.A. Universite de Montreal, currently a history teacher and instructional technology consultant at the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts.

British Broadcasting Company, The Story of Africa
"...the history of the continent from an African perspective." "from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid" by major African historians (Jacob Ajayi, George Abungu, Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya and others). Includes audio of each segment of the BBC program. (Requires sound card, speaker or headphone). Each segment has a timeline, bibliography, useful links.

Cobblestone Publishing Company
Publications for young people. Has Calliope: the world history magazine for readers ages 9-14. "All back issues of COBBLESTONE (January 1980 to May 1999) and CALLIOPE (September 1990 to May 1999) have been found to be in compliance with social content requirement of [Calif.] Education Code Sections 60040260044 as well as [Calif.] State Board of Education guidelines. The Sept. 1999 issue is African Origin of Hominids with a teachers' guide. "

David, Nicholas, et. al. "Ethnoarchaeology Bibliography"
"Keyword Bibliography of Ethnoarchaeology and Related Topics" arranged alphabetically by author. Professor David teaches in the Dept. of Archaeology, Univ. of Calgary (Canada). His research interests include the archaeology of Africa and Europe.

Earth & Sky
Earth & Sky is a daily radio program on science topics. Includes short pieces on Africa's climate 1 million years ago, the largest meat-eating dinosaur found in Africa, the ancestors of modern humans traced back to Africa. Use the Search to locate articles. Provides citations to related books and articles. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Natl Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration. The program can be heard in the US and on Voice of America.

Eve, Out of Africa Theory or the Multiregional Theory
Nature Magazine - Ethiopia is top choice for cradle of Homo sapiens. Feb. 16, 2005 article.
New Scientist - Oldest known humans just got older. Feb. 16, 2005 article.
"Hypotheses on the Origin of Modern Human 'Races'" by W. Thomas Conelly, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania part of his Culture Area: Africa course.
Ruth Flanagan's "Out of Africa" article, part of The Hominid Journey web site by Richard Effland and Ken Costello of Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona).

Holder, M. K.- Primate Handedness and Brain Lateralization Research Site
Includes her East African Primate Research Sites with photographs, audio files, information acquired during the course of field research in Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo (former Zaire). Holder is an anthropologist with the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Human Origins and Evolution in Africa - Jeanne Sept
Maintained by Professor Jeanne Sept, Dept. of Anthropology, Indiana University (Bloomington). See her courses:

Human Prehistory: an Exhibition - D. I. Loizos
Includes a map of Ethiopia and Kenya where the earliest hominid fossils were found. Maintained by D. I. Loizos, History Professor, Deree College, The American College of Greece, Athens, Greece.

Internet African History Sourcebook - Paul Halsall
Has full-text sources for African history arranged by topics. Includes the Black Athena Debate, human origins, Egypt, Nubia, and more. Maintained by Paul Halsall, Fordham University.

National Geographic - First Footprints Found of Modern Man
Press release of the August 1997 discovery in South Africa.

National Geographic - In Search of Human Origins
A team from the U.S., Botswana, and South Africa hunt for fossils in Botswana, Sept.-Oct. 1998. How to interpret findings, why is Africa a hotspot for hominid development, classroom ideas for K-12, links to related sites.

Smithsonian Institution - Expedition to Olorgesailie, Kenya
"Since 1985, the Smithsonian Institution and the National Museums of Kenya have been conducting joint excavations at the prehistoric site of Olorgesailie. The Olorgesailie Project is the first long term project devoted to uncovering the ecological and environmental dimension of early human origins."

Smithsonian Institution - Human Origins Program
Program "dedicated to understanding the biological and cultural foundations of human life." Includes dispatches from the Olorgesailie Research Site in Kenya.

Smithsonian Institution - Selected References on Human Evolution
Includes early hominids, emergence of modern humans.