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Stuents in a travel study course led by "Dr. Heinen" in Tanzania are searching for human fossils in an effort to better understand where humans come from. Will Dr. Heinen and his students find the "missing link" between early hominins and non-human primates? The case story is complemented by a classroom game that mimics modern TV shows where people look for an ideal "soul mate." Students are challenged to identify in the audience mates of the same species through clues disclosed by the instructor. The case and game facilitate learning about human evolution and the physical/cultural characteristics of a few, selected species of early hominins. Developed for a non-majors' introductory biology course, the case is also suitable for courses in evolution, natural history, biological anthropology, and general biology for majors with modifications. Although designed as a "clicker case" using PowerPoint slides (~1.3MB) with questions that students answer in class, the case can be adapted for use without these technologies.
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