HIS 101
Unit 2:  Pre-History
La Brea Tar Pits

The La Brea Tar Pits (now located within the boundaries of the city of Los Angeles).  The pits preserve the remains of plants and animals such as horses, woolly mammoths and mastodons, bison and sabre-toothed cats from about 40,000 to 8,000 years ago; preserving intact a remnant of the pre-historic past.  We don't study that far back in this course!

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit
  • Read Professor Campbell's notes on The Origins of Religion.
  • Read Mark Kane's information about prehistoric Stone Circles.
  • Listen to some further information for this unit as a mp3 file.  You can also read the information as a txt file.
Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • Take the short 5-point quiz for chapter 1. Log into Blackboard and look under "Chapter Quizzes." You have five minutes to complete each quiz (multiple-choice questions).
  • For 50 points maximum extra credit, write a one-page paper, How did the work of Mary Leakey contribute to our knowledge of early hominids and an understanding of human evolution?
  • For extra credit, please suggest a relevant website for this unit of the course.  Send the title of the site, the url and a brief explanation why you find the information interesting and applicable to the material being studied this unit.

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