4HumanOrigins - Chapter 4: The Evolutionary Origins of...

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Chapter 4: The Evolutionary Origins of Human Culture Obviously organisms have been evolving both physically and environmentally for millions of years, but humans have culture. That's what makes our species unique. We have the ability to think and communicate ideas to better help us adapt to our ever- changing environments. o Could a chimpanzee, dog, or tiger do all that to make adaptation to their environments quickly? No, they would likely die out due to lack of fur to protect their bodies. If a few did survive, it would take generations of natural selection to ensure their species keep reproducing. o It has been the evolution of the human brain that has given us the ability to conceive new ideas, adapt, and survive. Some human cousin species did not survive (i.e., Neanderthal) because they did not adapt to the extreme changes in their environment. Humanity, in its early stages, relied on its physical attributes to survive. As humanity began to evolve, dependency began to shift from reliance of physical attributes, to adaptation and learned behavior. o For instance, we now make and use tools, but on a level much more advanced than our ancestors. o
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2011 for the course SOC 258 taught by Professor Houser during the Spring '11 term at Lehigh Carbon CC.

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4HumanOrigins - Chapter 4: The Evolutionary Origins of...

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