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Yvette Ngo Cassie Brown Anthropology 1 3 December 2008 Solving the Puzzle Yesterday, a team of scientists receieved exciting news. A group of archeaologists found fossil remains of ancient hominoids. The scientists were curious about the social structure of these ancient hominoids. Species one was found in the woodland of Africa and species two was found in the tropical forest of China. These scientists made inferences about these ancient hominoids' social structure by examining its outward appearance (shape, size, color and pattern). The team of anthropologists were excited to compare these fossil remains to living primates such as baboons, gibbons and siamangs. The socioecology of species one and species two can be explained through scientists' examination existing primates such as baboons, gibbons and siamangs. Even though behavior does not fossilize, scientists can still characterize the social structures of species one and two through the principles of socioecology and comparing these species to other primates' social system. At the African woodland habitat with widely dispersed feeding trees where numerous fossils of individuals of both sexes were found, the team of Anthropologists came to analyze the environment and the morphology of theses fossils to piece together social structure of species one. They found nearly fifty individuals in one single deposite excavation. This shows that species one lived in a large groups with a polygnous multi male multi female mating system. Species one living in groups shows that there were
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many predators around so by forming groups, it was easier to fend off predators. Living in groups, animals can detect predators more easily because there are more pairs of eyes, animals can deter predators aways by actively chasing them away as a group and animals in a group of two or more, the chance of death when a predator strikes is diluted (Boyd&Silk, 2006). When comparing the fossils of males in species one to the females, scientists saw that males were approximately 1.4 times bigger. This shows that species one had sexual dimorphism. Sexual dimorphism exist in living primates today such as
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This note was uploaded on 02/05/2009 for the course ANT 21098 taught by Professor Mchenry during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.

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