Anthropology 2050 class notes

Anthropology 2050 class notes - Monday, January 26, 2009...

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Monday, January 26, 2009 Anthropology 2050 class notes Hominin or Hominid? o “Hominin” is the term currently used to refer to members of the human lineage after the split with that of chimpanzees o The term “Hominid” is a term that is used to refer to all of the Great Apes and their ancestors The Cradle of Humanity: Africa o East African Rift Extend over 6000km Narrow zone where African plate is in the process of splitting into two new plates (Nubian and Somalian subplates) Stretches from Malawi in southern Africa to Turkey and Syria Three main characteristics that make it valuable for researching early hominin sites Our family tree o Fossil record very scant between 10-4 mya o Ca. mya = time when hominin lineage diverge from lineage compromising chimpanzees o Two possible earlier ancestors: Sahelanthropus tchadensis and Ardipithecus ramidus Sahelanthropus tchadensis o Discovered in 2001 o Is it a true hominin or just another homidid? o
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