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Unformatted text preview: Darren Andolina Wednesday 8:10-9pm 24 February 2010 Putting the Pieces Together Everyday scientists all around the world discover fossils that belonged to unknown species. It is their job to put the pieces together and make up a story that they believe true about said fossils. Somewhere along the line in their education they learned how to determine many different things about the fossils, simply by making connections between the clues they were left with. Given the provided information about Kenyanthropus Dimorphicus and Kenyanthropus Monomorphicus, I will attempt to determine where they lived, their mating system, the size of the groups they lived in, their ranging behaviors, as well as their diet using the information given, the textbook and the lectures provided in class. Kenyanthropus Dimorphicus was found in Kenya. At the site, more than ten different adult remains of both sexes were discovered. By examining the remains we came to the conclusion that the male body size was around 135kg and the female was 90kg, both relatively heavy for most species. When examining the teeth, they contained molars with high cusps, shearing crests and thin enamel leading us to believe that they were leaf eaters. In the same layers as where we found them, we also found the remains of wildebeest and zebra, of which both species are known to live in open habitats. We assume that since we found such a large group of fossils of this species all together in one location that they had weak predation pressure. Kenyanthropus Monomorphicus however, appear to be nothing like Kenyanthropus Dimorphicus. Their remains were found in layers that also contained the remains of several species strictly relating to arboreal monkeys, only two individuals were found one male, and one female, and both male and female weighed roughly the same weight of 60kg. When one female, and both male and female weighed roughly the same weight of 60kg....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course ANTHROPOLO 1 taught by Professor Andolina during the Spring '09 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '09