Instinct (1999)


Concept featured in film: Human Evolution

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 14 1:13:47-1:16:19


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Summary of clip: Dr. Powell draws "a true history of the world" on his cell walls. This epicts his view of how human evolution occured.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: As part of a learning cycle, this clip can be an engaging way to begin the discussion of human evolution and our possible relationships to other primates.

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. What problems do scientists face as they try to reconstruct evolutionary history?
b. How have Dr. Powell's experiences affected his belief in human evolution? Why does he depict it the way he does?
c. What is the merit to Dr. Powell's philosophy?

2. For a possible assessment, after learning the various research techniques evolutionary scientists use, students can pick another species to research and create its evolutionary history.