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Unformatted text preview: Kaitlin Doherty Professor Ingmanson ANTH 101 11/6/09 Being Human What does it mean to be human? You can not define "being human" with just one word. It is a combination of traits that make us so unique. These traits are bipedalism, tool using, intelligence, social living, reasoning over instinct, and empathy. Using these criteria you can say that the first "human" was Homo erectus and that humans have been around for almost 1.8 million years. This means that all species after that were human including Homo neandertalensis and Homo sapiens. Bipedalism is an obvious requirement for being human. It is an apparent physical trait that we see in humans today and changed the capabilities of our whole lineage. We see the shift towards bipedalism as far back as 7 million years ago when our lineage broke from the great apes. Being bipedal allowed our ancestors to be able to use tools more efficiently by freeing their hands up. it also changed the shape of the pelvis allowing for offspring to be born with larger hands up....
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2010 for the course ANTHRO 101 taught by Professor Ingmanson during the Fall '09 term at Bridgewater State University.

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