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Bio for non majors 19 - Modern Human Beings: Homo sapiens...

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Modern Human Beings: Homo sapiens The Family Hominidae includes chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, and humans Hominini is the “human branch” Organisms in this branch are called hominins Hominins are most closely related to chimps The Human Family Tree Many hominin species arose over the past 6-7 million years More fossil and molecular evidence will help researchers confidently determine their evolutionary relatedness Human Evolution: Overview Studying fossils in the human lineage Paleoanthropologists: Paleontologist: Anthropologist: What fossil features are important? Example: Toumai ( Sahelanthropus tchadensis ) What fossil features are important? Example: Toumai ( Sahelanthropus tchadensis ) Changes in pelvis structure permit upright walking Other important changes Chimp vs. Homo sapiens skull Increase in cranial capacity in hominins Early hominin examples to illustrate changes that occurred during the evolution of
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course BIO 0815 taught by Professor Crucielli during the Spring '11 term at Pittsburgh.

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Bio for non majors 19 - Modern Human Beings: Homo sapiens...

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