Prehistoric Pointillism?

ARTS Newly discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art form. (Smithsonian) What else was going on in those French caves? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Smithsonian article describes carvings on newly discovered stones “prehistoric Pointillism.” What is Pointillism? Read through this great wonder-of-the-day from the good folks at Wonderopolis for some … Continue reading Prehistoric Pointillism?

Caveman Chemistry

SCIENCE Scientists know a lot about Neanderthals these days, from their hair color to their mating habits. Still, a basic mystery remains: Did they know how to start a fire? (Scientific American) Take a walk through “Hominin History” for a look at Neanderthals and their closest relatives. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s simple MapMaker … Continue reading Caveman Chemistry

We Didn’t Start the Fire (Until Much Later Than We Thought We Did)

SCIENCE Humans’ ability to control fire is among the most important technological advances in our evolutionary history. Research on Neanderthal cave sites is offering new insights on this old enigma. Maybe not as old as we think. (Sapiens) Could Neanderthals start a fire? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s simple MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas Most people think that … Continue reading We Didn’t Start the Fire (Until Much Later Than We Thought We Did)