Unformatted text preview: as other shorter living species, and burden on the mother to protect and care for her child longer than most. 3. The oldest fossil in a particular lineage underestimates the true age of the lineage because it takes special circumstances for a fossil to be created so the oldest fossil found is most likely not representative of the beginning of the that species. This problem is affected by the quality and completeness of the fossil record, because maybe with a large amount of fossils one can date back the beginning of the species, but if the fossil record is not complete enough it is nearly impossible to accurately guess the creation of a new species with any certainty....
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- Fall '98
- Evolution, fossil record, longer life spans, oldest fossil, Michael Short, low ranking individuals