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Unformatted text preview: pile of bones; used as evidence to say that homo habilis lived in the area and gathered food, said that there was a family here <- presentism view. Historic view: there wasn’t sufficient evidence c) Major types of evidence and techniques 1. Fossil evidence, artifacts, other archaeological materials-Bone, fossils, in a way they are the only direct evidence we have of a living state. -Most are teeth-Laetoli – look in the book for picture-artifact = material made by the past, such as items made by hominids; shows their mental capability-Coprolites – Fossilized feces; we can infer diet, efficiency of digestion, body size, metabolism, the environment, ecology around the animal 2. Applications of (or inferences from) relevant sciences 3. Dating techniques 4. “Middle range research” 5. Use of analogy (models) 6. Molecular data (like DNA)...
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- Fall '06
- Paleontology, Homo ergaster