Experiments

These anthropology experiments are designed for you to do at home or school using simple equipment. For some experiments, you may need a calculator. Here is a link to an excellent one provided by Web2.0calc.

To access experiments, click on one of the experiments listed below. In most cases, it is simplest to copy the experiment into a word processing program and then print it out.

Two hands playing with legos

Written by: Amy Peterson

When you put on the mitts and try to build a structure, you will get a sense of how hard it would be to do things that we do every day if our hands were shaped differently.

Compare the size if primate brains in this activity!

Written by: Amy Peterson

Before you begin

The modern human brain is the largest and most complex of any living primate. As you discovered in this activity, it is also larger than the brains of our ancient human ancestors.

A hand pulls a orange rope through a tube. Shadows in the background look like another person is doing the same thing from far away

Written by: Amy Peterson

Before you begin

Our relatively big brains allow people to work together to accomplish tasks that benefit everyone.

Two hands holding a straw without using thier thumbs

Written by: Amy Peterson

Before you begin

This experiment will demonstrate the importance of opposable thumbs.

Written by: Amy Peterson

Before you begin

We know that for millions of years, humans have evolved a whole suite of specialized skills to help us survive. Perhaps the most important of these skills was our ability to make and use tools.

When did human ancestors use stone tools?
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