Anthropology /Paleontology

Study of human kind/ Study of fossils, animals, and plants.

Anthropology / Paleontology

The understanding of human kind. Helps us understand how humans adapt to their environment. Its more than just humans , it also studies prehistoric remains of people, animals, and plants. The way they study this is by comparing things living and nonliving. Or some other examples would be the way humans live to the way animals live.


Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall was born on April 3, 1934, in London, England. Her fascination with animal behavior began in early. On her own time, she observed native birds and animals, making extensive notes and sketches, and read widely in the literature of zoology and ethology. From an early age, she dreamed of traveling to Africa to observe animals in their natural habitat.

Jane Goodall set out to Tanzania to study wild chimpanzees by sitting amongst them, uncovering discoveries about primate behavior that have continued to shape scientific discourse. She is a highly respected member of the world scientific community.

Jane Goodall connects to Anthropology because she studies the life style of the animals way of life.

Mary Leakey

Mary Leakey was born on February 6, 1913, in London, England. The daughter of an artist. Leakey excelled at drawing—a talent that she later used to enter into the field of paleoanthropology. When she was just 17 years old, she served as an illustrator at a dig in England.

Mary Leakey further helped to unravel mystery surrounding the origins of humankind with her 1959 find: That July, Mary discovered the partial skull of an early human ancestor. It showed that this species was equipped with a small brain but massive teeth and jaws, and muscles so large they had to be anchored to a ridge at the top of the skull. It was later determined the creature was nearly 2 million years old, showing how long the species had been in Africa.

Mary Leakey connects to Paleontology as she discovers the ancient life through the finding of bones.

Raymond Dart

Raymond Arthur Dart was born in Queensland, Australia, in 1893, the fifth of nine children to parents who lived on a bush farm raising cattle. He won a scholarship to the University of Queensland in Brisbane where he excelled, winning other prizes and scholarships and going on to do medical studies at Sydney.

In 1924, Dart learned of a fossil baboon skull that had been found at a nearby limestone quarry at Taung, and asked to be sent any more bones or fossils that were found. The first two crates arrived in November of that year, and Dart found a fossil cast of the inside of a primate skull, which fitted into another lump of stone which possibly contained a face. It took Dart about a month to remove enough stone to reveal the face and jaw of a young fossil primate, which would be nicknamed the Taung baby. Dart considered the fossil intermediate between apes and humans, and quickly wrote a paper for Nature.

Raymond connects to Paleontology by discovering the life between apes and humans with the skulls.