Human Evolution Of Humans And Humans Essay

1054 Words Oct 15th, 2015 null Page
When I went to the Smithsonian Human Origins Exhibit, it made me realize how much more I am informed about human evolution compared to most of the people at the exhibit. One thing was I saw on one the displays that Neanderthals were classified as part of the Homo sapiens lineage, which is not true. During our lecture you already told us that Neanderthals are not part of the lineage. Neanderthals are consider more like sisters than one of us. Also one of the speakers was saying how Homo heidelbergensis were 99.9% closely related to us, which is also false.
When I first got into the museum the first thing I saw was Lucy, and I had to take a picture of her because she was found in Ethiopia; which is my culture. In the museum it’s said to be the best-known earliest human species, which is now not true because of Sahelanthropus tchadensis. I’m pretty sure they know this they just don’t update their information. So Lucy is Australopithecus afarensis which is 3.85 million years old, they were found in 3 different places in East Africa; Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania. One of the cool things about Australopithecus afarensis is that they grow from children to adult way faster than us Homo sapiens do; just like chimps. Yet even though they grow in age faster that we do, they were smaller than us; around the size of 1 to 1.2 meter. One of the things I realize is that Australopithecus afarensis have been around longer than Homo sapiens, 900,000 years that’s like 4 times longer than us.…

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