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Video Assignment 5 “Evolution: The Mind’s Big Bang and What About God?” HONR217 – Tuesday Logan Miller 111076642 Freshmen History Major 2111, Denton Hall University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 logan0111@yahoo.com 609-335-8091 I. Beginning of Humanity
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A. Rift Valley in Africa – Hominids with stone tools 1. Without Africa, humanity might never have evolved 2. Inhabited by hominids before they were truly humans 3. Area contains stone tools and fossils a. Rocks were brought down from highlands b. Essentially became the Swiss army knife of the Paleolithic 4. Single rock tool was used for a 1.5 million years a. Lacked the diversity of cultures and creativity of modern humans B. 6 million years ago, hominids split off from common ancestor shared with Chimpanzees 1. 4 millions years ago they descended from trees 2. 2.5 million years ago they developed a modern hand a. Size of brain increased dramatically b. Began fashioning tools c. Began to even travel and leave Africa 3. 60,000 years ago the first truly modern humans began to leave Africa a. Were hunter-gatherer’s 4. 50,000 years ago behavior began to change very radically a. Artifacts began to emerge including art C. Fully modern species headed East and North 1. Left evidence that their minds were unique a. Excavations of ancient “garbage dumps” provide numerous artifacts b. Many beads and shells found as ornaments 2. For the first time people found it necessary to express themselves in such a manner a. Little use in hunting, gathering or protection b. Shows an advancement in human culture 3. 35,000 years ago these beads were being mass produced a. People creating social identities that do not exist in nature II. Europeans – Neanderthals A. Far different then modern human 1. Massive a. Some 200 lbs of mass b. Large nose and forehead 2. No evidence of any complex burials a. Do not display any art or symbolic life 3. Modern humans treated death with extreme care 2
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a. Did they consider life more precious? 4.
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2011 for the course HONR 217 taught by Professor Carlson during the Fall '10 term at Maryland.

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