Reflection Of Neanderthals In The Smithsonian Human Origins Exhibit

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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
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It allows her to climb trees and also walks on grounds, her flexibility was used to her advantage in order to survive in the various environment. Her apelike arm, help her be able to climb trees with her powerful chest and arm muscle. Humanlike hips, her pelvis is short and broad allowing her to walk bipedal; compared to a chimpanzees whose are tall and narrow. Grasping fingers, Lucy’s hands are long and more curved compared to humans in order to get a stronger grip on branches. Angled knees, her thigh bones angle towards the center; it’s showing that she walks bipedal. Flexible feet, it supports Lucy’s weight while walking as wells as her feet more curved allowing her to …show more content…
Before these changes occurred; at that time made it was harder for earlier humans to find shelter, hunt, and many other resources as well. I saw this interesting section on bodies’ adaptation through different climates, when early humans spread to different places, their bodies evolved allowing them to survive in the different climates. Compared to our bodies; early humans bones were thicker and stronger than ours. For species that live in the colder areas; for example Neanderthals, there short and broad bodies help them more during the cold weather. Their broad body help them retain heat, shorter legs help them reduce heat lost. For species that lived the hotter areas; Homo erectus, there tall and lean body help them during the heat, their narrow body help them keep their body cool, and tall bones allows more heat

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