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Natalie Del Favero Anth 200 Lab Annual Editions: Articles 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 21. I wonder how Johanson’s find resonated in the scientific community of his time? Were his contemporaries jealous of his quick discovery? Johanson was very lucky to stumble upon the fossilized remains of an early hominid. At such a young age, fresh out of school and having barely completed his dissertation, Johanson discovered the most precious fossil of all time. I was surprised that the scientists at the Nobel Symposium in Sweden reacted the way they did to Johanson’s presentation of Australopithecus afarensis. I had assumed that his fellow paleoanthropologists would celebrate this new finding instead of resisting change and refuting the authenticity of Lucy. In order to construct the hominid family tree as accurately as possible, scientists must be willing to accept new information and discoveries with an open mind. 23. The search to fill out the family tree of hominids is a never- ending quest. Since all living beings came from a common ancestor, this hominid family tree would eventually reach back into that of all mammals and then reptiles, amphibians, fish and one-celled organisms. The hominid branch on this tree of life is one of billions. However, that one branch of hominids is a very interesting one and we still have a lot to learn about it. The idea that hominids colonized Eurasia in such a primitive stage of evolving bigger bodies and brains shows that the human spark may be different than what we characterize ourselves to be.
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This note was uploaded on 01/05/2011 for the course ANTH 200 taught by Professor Stanford during the Fall '08 term at USC.

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