lecture Sept 14-Human evolution 1

lecture Sept 14-Human evolution 1 - Laetoli Human Evolution...

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1 Human Evolution What makes us human? This version has some slides removed. These slides only made sense during the lecture or had only pictures in them. No actual information was removed from this version. Laetoli In this lecture… 1. Background (Evolution, Darwin, Palaeanthropology) 2. Early hominins, Australopithecus, Homo 3. Technology 4. Morphology 5. What makes us human? After this lecture… ± you should be able to ± name the most important fossils ± recognize and place important sites ± recognize the pattern of changes
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2 Palaeoanthropology ± sub discipline of Anthropology ± examines human evolution through ± fossil record (~ past 8 million years) ± comparison with modern primates ± Work on resolving the phylogenetic relations of humans, apes and their ancestors Evolution ± “Evolution is a process that results in heritable changes in a population spread over many generations” evolution is a fact, not a theory!! the mechanisms of evolution are theories Charles Darwin ± “On the Origin of Species” describes those theories in 1859
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3 How do humans fit in? (Phylogeny) Important terms ± How are fossils named? based on the binomial taxonomy developed by Linnaeus: System is: Genus + species Examples: Homo sapiens Australopithecus anamnesis Paranthropus
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This note was uploaded on 07/14/2010 for the course ARCH 100 taught by Professor Catherined'andrea during the Fall '08 term at Simon Fraser.

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