PAST’s Tools4Schools series to provide educators with powerful teaching tools
The Palaeontological Scientific Trust’s commitment to education in the origin sciences is being significantly expanded with the launch of PAST’s new Tools4Schools – an initiative to provide tools for learners and teachers online.
This dedicated schools’ initiative gets underway with a new video series drawn from PAST’s award-winning Walking Tall physical theatre project.
Titled African Homeland, the first video tells the story of humankind’s evolution, from Sahelanthropus to Homo habilis, Homo erectus and, most recently, Homo sapiens. In just under six minutes, it reminds viewers that all the things that make us human started in Africa, from bipedalism and technology, to art, intelligence and language.
The second video, Human Unity amid Diversity, details how our ancestors expanded out of Africa to populate the rest of the world – and how this led to small glitches as DNA was passed from one generation to another, including differences in skin colour.
The third video called Tree of Life shows how all living creatures are connected through LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor, and so depend on each other for survival.