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Learning Exercise

Material: The eSkeletons Project
Submitted by: Jayme Harr on Dec 16, 2002
Date Last Modified: Dec 16, 2002
Title: Humans, Gorillas, Baboons, same or different
Description: Comparing and contrasting the similarities and differences of the human, gorilla and baboon skeleton
Type of Task: Student-centered, Supplemental activity, Team
Audience: College General Ed, High School
Prerequisites Skills: Good base knowledge of the human skeletal system is helpful and will make this assignment go smoother for students.
Text of Learning Exercise: Humans, Gorillas and Baboons~
Are they the same or different?

Topic: Humans, Gorillas and Baboons; Same or Different?

Objectives: Students will become more familiar with the location, properties
and function of the human skeleton while at the same time, comparing basic
anatomical characteristics with those of our closest relatives.

1) Go to the site and choose the link titled Comparative
Anatomy. This link allows you to choose which two organisms you would like to
2) Compare and contrast the following bones of the human, gorilla and baboon.
a. Humerus
b. Radius
c. Ulna
d. Femur
e. Tibia
f. Fibula
g. Skull
h. Carpals
i. Metacarpals
3) Open a Word document and cut and paste pictures of the indicated bones into
this file. Beside each comparison, type a short summary outlining the
similarities and differences of each pair. Work in partners to complete this

Conclusion: Enjoy this break from studying lab models and pictures in your
books. This assignment will allow you the opportunity to realize how similar
these three organisms really are.

Due: We will take three days of class time to complete this assignment which
will be due on the third day at the end of class.

Evaluation: Accuracy 10
Organization 10
Promptness 5
Creativeness 5
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