The actual fossil remains of Lucy, arguably the most famous Australopithecus afarensis, were sent from their home in Ethiopia several years ago to the United States for public viewing in the Houston Museum of Natural Science and on to several other museums. A huge amount of controversy was generated by the decision of the Ethiopian government to send the remains without the consent of Ethiopian anthropologists.
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Please write a one-page response in which you answer the following questions. What was the controversy over exhibiting the fossil remains of “Lucy” in Houston and the United States? What are the arguments on both sides? Which side do you feel is justified and why?
Explore the Olduwan and Acheulean toolmaking traditions, learn about Stone Age technology, and read about contemporary research on stone tools and tool making. (If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the link into your browser.)
The Olduwan Tool Industry
Smithsonian Institute: Stone Tools
Research on Stone Tools
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G78ouDDuJw (Experimental Archaeology – Note: graphic video)
Write a one-page response in which you answer the following questions. How simple are Olduwan tools? What is the major difference between Olduwan and Acheulean tools? What kinds of research about stone tools and toolmaking are currently being done?
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