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Study of Humans

Judith Beltran

Citizen Science Summary

On my trip to ASU I was introduced to anthropology. I was taught the basics of anthropology—Lucy; Lucy is one of If not the first of our ancestors to have been discovered by scientists. I was shown the similarities and differences between our skulls with primates who have been significant in the study of human development. I enjoyed seeing the different casts of animals on the tables; It allowed me to view and study their structure and compare it to my own, whether it was with my feet, hands, spine, or skull. One thing I learned that has stuck with me is the difference between human eyes and some other rather large eyes; humans had adapted to hunting and are still being active during the day, which is why we have grown to have much smaller eyes than other animals who hunt at night, showing how there are some similarities in our way of life even during the 21st century.  Anthropology is not only the study of human development from out flesh and bones, but also a study of cultural development and human nature. It is seeing how our way of life has changed as the centuries have gone by, ranging from thousands to hundreds of years ago. Overall, the trip to ASU greatly expanded my knowledge on the study of humans and gave me background information on the history of humans and anthropology and some of its milestones.


ASU Trip

Levi Wakeham

We recently took a trip to Arizona State University, where me and ten other SNHS members were educated on the fascinating science of anthropology, and discussed just what we can expect when we ourselves head off to college.

Arriving at the campus of ASU was a whole other experience in and of itself. Last summer, I had the opportunity to explore the ASU campus when I participated in the CCLI annual camp that goes on every summer at ASU. But the University this time around had a whole new vibe, due to all the college students traveling from class to class and the overall lively mood. The whole school had a great atmosphere that felt very welcoming and friendly.

For the first half of the session, the speaker, Amy, went into depth on all the different topics of anthropology, how still studying bones and fossils today is important, and how anthropology is still being used today. It was great learning about how we as the human race came to have the skeletal structure we have today. The whole lecture was extremely interesting and Amy was able to answer any questions we may have had.

The second half of the session we were able to ask questions ranging from how to study for a college exam, to what social life is like while living on campus. Amy responded with great answers and answered any questions we had very well. It was cool hearing it from someone who had just recently gone to college themselves. Overall, the whole thing was a blast and I learned a lot about the college experience, and the science of anthropology.


Once again YHS SNHS students headed to ASU to talk with graduate student Amy Peterson about her work studying human origins. Eleven SNHS students listened as Amy talked about her research, her interest in human origins, and her experiences in college during the hour long meeting.

Arianna Paul, Emily Beringhelli, David Griffin, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, Anastasia Battes, Levi Wakeham, Kiara Rivas, Tyler Adams, Takila Moore, Victor Serna, and Judith Beltran listening to Julie Russ talk about Lucy

When we first arrived at the Institute of Human Origins at ASU, assistant director Julie Russ introduced us to Lucy, or rather her origins and how her finding helped build the program at ASU.

Amy then took over and walked us through the different skulls she had out. She told us about their origins, their age, and how scientists are still working with some specimens to determine how they fall in our family tree.

She discussed her own interest in pelvic development in females as humans evolved and how our need for bipedalism needed to match our need for fitting shoulders and heads through a birthing canal. Her research sounds pretty interesting!

Students were allowed to touch and examine the skulls and casts to see the features for themselves.

Kiara Rivas examining a skull

Students also asked her questions about college, how college is different from high school, and what they should except. Amy gave them some great advice: it will be harder than high school but it is very fun once you figure it out. Also, go to class and really read the syllabus (seriously!).

Big thanks to Amy and Julie for taking time to talk to us! And big thanks to my dad ( pictured below in the red hat) for helping me chaperone!


Levi Wakeham, Anastasia Battles, Fernanda Valenzuela Vazquez, David Griffin, Takila Moore, Emily Beringhelli, and Ray Doskocil listening to Amy Peterson talk about her research

ASU Trip 2016

Anthony Khalifeh

For the community project I went on the trip to the Department of Human Evolution at ASU. There we spoke to students and faculty members about what they do in their daily lives and what they do in their department. We learned about their research and how innovations in other fields help them in theirs and how they have to work with other experts to get more accurate information and how that will help them in the future. I learned a lot about the process of why they became students in their respective fields and why they love what they do. We put skulls from ancestors/relatives of the Homo sapiens in order and used key factors to determine the order of them. Their job is important because it allows us to learn about our past and how we got to the point we are today.

ASU Trip

Madyson Madrid

Mrs. Doskocil

Science NHS

November 30, 2015

Community Outreach Project

The community outreach project that I did was a trip to Arizona State Universities to see a presentation from their human origins program. We got to hear about how early humans are categorized and how we can learn what creatures in the past did and ate. The program that these women were in enabled them to get out there and travel the world while doing what they have come to love. I joined this project not just because I am interested in science as a whole but because I will be going to ASU in the fall! Their jobs enable us to find out where we came from and how that just happened to happen! Learning more about science is fundamental to our existence. If something were to happen to our world, knowing about the past, could possible save us. Doing this project could help students when trying to fine what they want to do for the rest of their lives.

Institute of Human Origins

Makayla Katzer

Community Outreach Summary:

ASU Institute of Human Origins Trip

Members of SNHS went on a field trip to the ASU institute of human origins. Two students explained to us what the purpose of the school was and what it’s like to study and work in their field. We learned the names of some hominids that existed millions of years ago and how they were discovered and what technology and methods are used. I joined the project because I’ve always been really interested in human origin and anthropology, I love to learn about what the world was like millions of years ago. I believe the project helped the community by teaching students what the study of human origin actually is and make them more educated. Learning things like this about science is important to understand where we come from so we can understand how to grow. After seeing the school and learning how broad the field is I’m very interested in doing more research on how I can be a part of it in the future and possibly putting a chemistry degree toward it. Overall it was a gratifying experience and I enjoyed it a lot.

ASU Field Trip

Priscilla Hidrogo SNHS Community Project

Arizona State University

The community outreach project that I participated in was a field trip to Arizona State University-Tempe. During this field trip I got to meet two scientists who taught myself and the rest of SNHS about fossils. The two graduate students showed us different skulls and showed us how to tell each skull apart. The scientists also taught us how to identify human body apart from the body of a primate because of the difference in bone structures. This fieldtrip was very interesting and was an experience that I excitedly went home to tell my family about. I joined this project to further my education about ASU’s science department. This project helps the community in that it passes on knowledge that is easily understood and can be taught to others who didn’t get the chance to experience this field trip. Learning about science is important because it is always going to have an impact on the world around us. My favorite part of this community outreach project was holding and examining the fossils. Through this experience I have gained more knowledge about early humans. I’d recommend this trip to whoever is interested in human origins, as it is very informative while still exciting.