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Anthropology 4590 Response Paper

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Bales 1 Warren Bales Class Response Paper Prof. Tanner June 8 th , 2011 May 24 th – Disease in Human History The division between apes and humans developed around five to seven million years ago, with the onset of the genus Homo two million years ago. With the evolution of Homo came an increase in cranial capacity and brainpower, and an increased reliance on hunting and fishing (one of the first known diseases of these primates was the tapeworm, coming from eating raw and/or spoiled meat.). Laying the groundwork for modern man, species such as Homo neanderthalis and Homo erectus began hunting for meat and using tools. Of these evolved branches of primates however, Homo sapiens was dominant. Homo sapiens, the first human, came about around 500-300,000 years ago. While there is debate to ancestry, some believe that Homo sapiens drove out Homo neanderthalis and Homo erectus and lead to their extinction. Originating in Africa and migrating outwards, they also lived through the last European Ice Age. The early humans were the first of the primates to truly formulate a
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