Cuba High School’s Biology class learn about the Galapagos Island, skull identification, and human ancestors by visiting UNM and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

May 2017

After learning about evolutionary biology, 23 Cuba High School students from Ms. Olivia Casaus’ biology course visited the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and the University of New Mexico’s (UNM) Maxwell Anthropology Museum. At the Museum of Natural History and Science, students watched a 3D movie about how animals have adapted on the remote volcanic Galapagos Islands, known as the Galapagos Islands. They students also observed animal skulls (or plastic imitations of skulls at the museum. After several minutes studying the skull, each group reported its observations to the rest of the class. The museum educators then taught the class a new scientific concept based on the observations. Students were able to use their own observations about the animal’s skull shape to make inferences about its diet and habitat.  At the University of New Mexico’s Maxwell Anthropology Museum, students learned about human ancestors by touring through millions of years of human adaptations and the traits that make us unique.

The Science Around Us Team thanks the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science and UNM’s Maxwell Museum for their efforts to educate our students and allowing CHS students to apply their newfound biology knowledge!