Your task is to roam the World Wide Web and discover what other people have said to explain and support their views on particular topics in physical anthropology. These investigations are intended to expand your understanding of biodiversity, evolutionary process, primate and human adaptation, and genetics.

In doing research, keep in mind that not everything on the Web is accurate, current, or true. In order to evaluate which sites can be trusted and which ones cannot, ask the following questions:

  • Who are the authors of the site and what are their credentials?
  • Are they experts and is the information current?
  • When was the website created and last updated?
  • Do the facts presented in the site seem correct?
  • Is the purpose of the site to objectively inform and explain or to persuade and sell a particular perspective?


Search the internet for information about one of the hottest debates in paleoanthropology today and respond to the following:

  1. Summarize the consensus of how anatomically modern humans are related to and/or interacted with Homo Neandertalensis and other ancient human species. (10 points)
  2. Identify the leading advocates of different sides of the argument and explain what evidence is used to support their positions. (10 points)
  3. Include a URL for the example you shared. (5 points)

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