Human Origin And The Creation Of Human Nature Essay

1112 Words Sep 15th, 2015 5 Pages
There are many definitions of the word story, but one definition in particular fits the topic of human origins perfectly; a narration of the events in the life of a person or the existence of a thing, or such events as a subject for narration. The story of human origin and the creation of human nature is a difficult story to tell, created by miniscule pieces of evidence and guesswork through paleoanthropology, and advances in the ability to look at and study DNA. Exactly where we came from and how we got to where we are today is one of the main questions scientists are trying to answer. Scientists such as Louis Leakey, Zeresenay Alemseged, and Spencer Wells, have all contributed greatly to the story of the origin of humans and how we become what we are today. Louise Leakey is the most recent of the Leakey family to take on the task of uncovering and deciphering our origins by way of paleoanthropology. She was born and raised in Kenya and developed a passion for paleontology while she was out on expeditions with her parents while growing up. More recently, Louise and her mother, Meave Leakey, discovered a 3.5 million year old skull that is now considered to be a new branch on the hominid family tree; Kenyanthropus platyops (Mitchell). She and her team also discovered “...a very complete cranium of what actually happens to be the smallest known Homo erectus from east Africa.” at the Turkana Basin in Kenya (Mitchell). According to Leakey, all of these incredible discovers shed…

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