The History of Early Man

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This power point discusses the origins of early man, his migration, and his development of early societies. It also addresses the differences between push and pull factors of migration and defines what a refugee and internally displaced person is. This presentation includes YouTube videos and some audio recording to accommodate certain slides. Enjoy!


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Origins of Man and Early Societies By Dr. Jennifer Levin-Goldberg

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Migration 1.Where did early man come from in an evolutionary perspective? 2. How did people all over the world get to where they are? 3. How did early man go from nomadic primitive life to a modern technological industry?

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Down With Geico! Where did early man come from in an evolutionary perspective? How did people all over the world get to where they are? 3. How did early man go from nomadic primitive life to a modern technological industry? Turn to your partner Mindset

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Your Ideas

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Theories on prehistory and early man constantly change as new evidence comes to light. - Louis Leakey, British paleoanthropologist The First Humans

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Early Discoveries

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Stages of Early Human Development 1. 4,000,000 BCE – 1,000,000 BCE 2. 1,500,000 BCE -- 250,000 BCE 3 . 250,000 BCE – 30,000 BCE 4. 30,000 BCE -- 10,000 BCE Paleolithic Age : ( Old Stone Age ) 2,500,000 BCE to 8,000 BCE

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Primates Human Evolution One theory is that humans evolved from primates. Humans branched off to be Anthropoids and apes as Prosimii. Our closest living relative is the chimpanzee. We share 98% of the same genes with the chimp.

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The Paleolithic Age “Paleolithic” --> “Old Stone” Age 2,500,000 BCE – 10,000 BCE Hunter/Gatherer Society Nomadic Made tools from stone

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Stage 1 4,000,000 BCE – 1,000,000 BCE Hominids Australopithecines

Australopithecus Afarensis: Lucy:

Australopithecus Afarensis: Lucy The first, most complete Australopithecus afarenis skeleton found was located in Hadar, Ethiopia by Dr. Johanson. He found a knee joint, validating that the creature was bipedal; walking upright making the remains a hominid. Hadar, Ethiopia Dr. Johanson

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Laetoli Footprints Found in Laetoli, Tanzania. The hominid that created it was Australopithecus Afarensis .

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Ardipithecus Ramidus The oldest known ancestor to modern day humans and is considered the missing link between apes and humans. Known as Ardi.

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Stage 1 HOMO HABILIS ( “Handy Man” ) His fossils were f ound in the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania by Dr. Leakey . First earliest known species of the genus Homo; that is, the first human species. First Homo specie to create and use stone tools for hunting and daily life.

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The Paleolithic Age Humans during this period found shelter in caves. Cave paintings left behind. Purpose??

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The three themes found in cave art were animals, signs, and human representations. The most common were animals, in particular, the horse and the least depicted were human representations.

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Stage 2 1,6000,000 BCE – 30,000 BCE HOMO ERECTUS ( “Upright Man” ) Tools were larger and varied First hominid to migrate and leave Africa First to use fire BIPEDAL

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Their skeletons are larger unlike Australopithecus afarensis and built more like our own. They were carnivores. Their brain size doubled, making their brains much larger. Scientists find a correlation between brain size and body size. According to the research, the larger the brain, the bigger the body.

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The most famous Homo Erectus fossil was found in a cave in Zhoukoudian, China and became known as Peking Man.

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Differing Human Migration Theories A. Out of Africa Theory, also known as the Radiation Theory . B. Multiregional Theory, also known as Parallel Evolution Theory

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Stage 3 200,000 BCE – 10,000 BCE HOMO SAPIENS ( “Wise Man” ) Neanderthals ( 200,000 BCE – 30,000 BCE ) Homo sapien sapien) ( 40,000 BCE – 10,000 BCE )

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Stage 3 NEANDERTHALS: Neander Valley, Germany (1856) First humans to bury their dead. Made clothes from animal skins. Lived in caves and valleys.

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They didn’t go far from their homes. They hunted and lived in small groups. Their weapons were used to impale animals up close. Communication was key in hunting because they had to work as a team. They had the ability to use complex speech. Instead of painting on cave walls they painted their faces.

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Stage 3 Homo sapien sapiens, a.k.a. Cro-Magnon Man ( “Wise, wise human” ) By 30,000 BCE they replaced Neanderthals. WHY???

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Homo sapien sapiens lived on top of hillsides. Hunted from a distance due to advanced weaponry. They were better at obtaining resources. They painted on cave walls demonstrating that they were thinking symbolically. They too buried their dead. Potentially saw Neanderthals as mates.

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Homo sapien sapiens settlements Their migration pattern. How were they able to cross over though? The Bering Strait

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The Last Ice Age 70,000 BCE – 10,000 BCE A possible explanation for this was due to the increase of oxygen in the atmosphere which oxidized with the methane present in the atmosphere which kept the Earth warm. This is known as the Great Oxidation Event.

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The Neolithic Age Neolithic  “New Stone” Age 10,000 BCE – 4,000 BCE Gradual shift from: Nomadic lifestyle  settled, stationery lifestyle; a.k.a.sedentary Hunting/Gathering  agricultural production and domestication of animals.

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The hunter-gatherer exploits the environment; the agriculturalist modifies it.

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Is agriculture essential to the development of a civilization? Explain your response. How did Homo sapiens go from nomadic cultures to an agricultural society? What impact do you think agriculture had upon Homo sapiens’ society? Agricultural Revolution Mindset

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The Agricultural Revolution 8,000 BCE – 5,000 BCE There are conflicting debates justifying how and why agriculture developed. How? Did all regions learn about agriculture independently? Did different region learn about agriculture through cultural diffusion? Why? Did agriculture develop due to changes in the climate Did agriculture develop due to population explosions? Middle East India Central America China Southeast Asia 8,000 BCE 7,000 BCE 6,500 BCE 6,000 BCE 5,000 BCE Now it’s your turn; what do you think? Agriculture first developed in the Fertile Crescent which is in the Middle East.

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The Agricultural Revolution Why do some archaeologists believe that women were the first farmers?

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Since men did the hunting and females were responsible for the food gathering, women learned how to plant seeds, as well as process and prepare the food. You Go Girl!

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Early Settled Communities Growing crops on a regular basis made possible the support of larger populations. More permanent, settled communities emerged. The first towns were Jericho in Israel and the largest was in Catal Huyuk (modern day Turkey).

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Early Settled Communities Çatal Hüyük

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Agricultural communities had high birth rates

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Early farmers had to learn to domesticate wild grains. Why? Click to hear answer

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What is the next step in the development of human settlements??

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Cities could form due to a sedentary lifestyle. This, in turn, created specializations, which resulted in wealth, which would lead to social classes, including poverty.

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What are the characteristics of a civilization??

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Advanced Cities CIVILIZATION Specialized Workers Complex Institutions Record- Keeping Advanced Technology Which gave rise to social classes Government Military Education Legal system Art Religion

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Challenges facing Agricultural Communities 1. Soil Erosion 2. Overpopulation 3. Epidemics 4.Competition over resources 5. Dependency upon weather 6. Safety/Security Issues Are these issues agricultural communities face today?

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Why do you think so many civilizations arose in river valley's? Click to hear answer

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Get in 3 equal groups I will ask each group a question by showing a clue on the Power Point. You and your group will discuss what you think the answer is. If you get it correct, your group earns 1 point. If your group gets it wrong, it is up for grabs. If you answer it incorrectly, you do not lose any points. I will only accept the first answer your group says so make sure you are all in agreement on the answer. Good luck! 

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98% What is this percentage representing?

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The answer is not bipedalism

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What type of life or society did early man practice?

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What link is this to early man? What animal is this?

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Which hominid species does this settlement pattern represent?

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This hominid specie was the first to use stone tools

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What dating method would you use if you found an artifact in its ash?

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We’re starting from here! Which theory is this?

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What is he doing that was so significant to the evolution of man? Make sure you say the exact term you learned!

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My name is Lucy. What species am I?

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What dating technique is this representing?

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This hominid specie could hunt its prey from a further distance using spears.

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What theory is this migration pattern demonstrating?

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I was the first hominid to leave Africa?

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What is the term that refers to any member of the family of two-legged primates that includes all humans.

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Which hominid species became extinct once Homo sapien sapiens arrived on the scene?

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Too much of this in the atmosphere may have caused what event?

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Australopithecus afarensis Which hominid specie came before Australopithecus afarensis and is considered the “missing link”?

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Which hominid was the first homo specie?

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This is one of the first and largest agricultural communities.

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Which hominid species evolved into modern man?

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Which type of society had high birth rates?

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Cities eventually led to these

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Which hominid’s brain size doubled?

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Agricultural communities developed from a more stationary lifestyle instead of a nomadic one. What is another word for this stationary lifestyle?

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We're Finished! Who won?

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Assessment time!

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Next Section

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What is the difference between a refugee and an internally displaced person? What does it mean to immigrate? What dies it mean to emigrate? What causes people to become an immigrant? What causes people to become an emigrant? Migration Mindset

Push and Pull Factors:

Push and Pull Factors Push Migration Factors of Migration: Conditions that drive people to leave their homes. Examples: Land scarcity, political and/or religious persecution, civil strife or revolutions, unsafe, poverty, lack of services, lack of modernization and infrastructure, and lack of jobs.

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Pull Factors of Migration: Conditions that attract people to a new area. Examples: religious and political freedom or ideologies, industry, jobs, available land, modernization, available services and infrastructure like education, health care, government services, safety. Turn to your partner

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Let’s do an activity!

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I will say a factor and you will have to identify which factor it is an example of according to a movement. If it is a Push factor , you will have to do 3 Jumping jacks. If it is a Pull factor , you will have to do 3 calf raises. If it is both a Push and Pull factor , you will have to do 3 squats. Here we go! 

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Social reasons such as discrimination

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Civil strife, warfare, and genocide

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Available Land

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Religious Freedom

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Available medical services

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Soil Erosion

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What were the push and/or pull factors of early man’s migration?

Internally Displaced Person (IDP):

Internally Displaced Person (IDP) A person that is forced to flee their home from persecution, due to political, religious, military or other problem and remains in their country just in another place for safety. Still a push factor.

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Refugee - someone that is forced to flee their home from persecution, due to political, religious, military or other problem and leaves their country for safety reasons. Turn to partner

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