Skulls, bones teach middle-schoolers about evolution

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Skulls, bones teach middle-schoolers about evolution

Miller seventh-graders study in Fort Lewis College lab
Dawn Mulhern, associate professor and chairwoman of the Anthropology Department at Fort Lewis College, leads Miller Middle School seventh-graders in an exploration of evolution and adaptation. Working at the second of three stations, the students are learning how, using only a skull, they can determine whether the primate walked on two or four legs.
A model skull rests on a table in the Fort Lewis College Anthropology Department as associate professor and department Chairwoman Dawn Mulhern answers questions about evolution and adaptation with Miller Middle School seventh-graders. “Their sense of wonder is pretty elevated,” she said, “They think about things and ask insightful questions with very little prompting.”
Working at Station 3 with Mulhern, students analyze how features developed over time and how tool usage influenced diet.
A seventh-grader from Miller Middle School examines a skull during a field trip to study evolution and adaptation with Dawn Mulhern, associate professor of anthropology and department chairwoman, at Fort Lewis College. Students examined skulls and bones of primates and other mammals during the lab session.
Dawn Mulhern, associate professor of anthropology and department chairwoman at Fort Lewis College, leads Miller Middle School seventh-graders in an exploration of adaptation and evolution. Mulhern used her research day Thursday to work with the classes in a newly developed lab session.

Skulls, bones teach middle-schoolers about evolution

Dawn Mulhern, associate professor and chairwoman of the Anthropology Department at Fort Lewis College, leads Miller Middle School seventh-graders in an exploration of evolution and adaptation. Working at the second of three stations, the students are learning how, using only a skull, they can determine whether the primate walked on two or four legs.
A model skull rests on a table in the Fort Lewis College Anthropology Department as associate professor and department Chairwoman Dawn Mulhern answers questions about evolution and adaptation with Miller Middle School seventh-graders. “Their sense of wonder is pretty elevated,” she said, “They think about things and ask insightful questions with very little prompting.”
Working at Station 3 with Mulhern, students analyze how features developed over time and how tool usage influenced diet.
A seventh-grader from Miller Middle School examines a skull during a field trip to study evolution and adaptation with Dawn Mulhern, associate professor of anthropology and department chairwoman, at Fort Lewis College. Students examined skulls and bones of primates and other mammals during the lab session.
Dawn Mulhern, associate professor of anthropology and department chairwoman at Fort Lewis College, leads Miller Middle School seventh-graders in an exploration of adaptation and evolution. Mulhern used her research day Thursday to work with the classes in a newly developed lab session.
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