This topic will give students an understanding of how our species fits into a wider evolutionary framework. We will discuss the origins and early evolutionary history of hominids, explore their spread throughout the world and identify the key evolutionary and cultural drivers that have underpinned the success of Homo sapiens as a species. Students will examine the morphological and behavioural characteristics of hominins in order to gain a better understanding of how we move, feed and reproduce. They will learn how we can use the fossil record to better understand the diversification of hominins, the position of our species in this evolutionary framework and the reasons we're the only hominin species on the planet today.
This topic aims to provide students with the opportunity to: