By measuring different skull parameters, students see similarities and differences between seven hominid relatives. This is not a STEM Kit, but a set of skulls representing: Proconsul africanus, Pan troglodytes, Australopithecus africanus, Homo erectus, Homo sapiens neander-thalensis, Cro-Magnon, and Homo sapiens. Educators using the Hominid Skull Set are free to create their own activities or use one of the lesson plans created by NSEOC master teachers below.

Big Concepts include: 1) evolution of species.

Scientific Inquiry Skills include: 1) observation skills; 2) measurement; 3) deductive reasoning and 4) use of science notebooks.

Hominid Skull Set Resources

CSU Resources

Other Useful Resources

Borrowing the Hominid Skull Set

There is no charge to educators who wish to borrow the Hominid Skull Set, but we do not ship them to schools. Teachers must pick them up at the NSEOC during regular business hours. Return loan application forms to Laura Schoenfeld via email ( or fax (970-491-2005). We appreciate applications to be sent 2 weeks in advance to the desired use date.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. – Charles Darwin