Paleoanthropology

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  • Aquatic Ape Hypothesis Essay

    Introduced by Morgan in her Ted Talk clip, the aquatic ape hypothesis is an interesting take on human evolution. The hypothesis revolved around the idea that human beings evolved from “aquatic apes,” or our early ancestors who called that water their home. This hypothesis takes from the fact that humans share many characteristics with other marine mammals, such as being “naked,” having a layer of fat inside the skin, and having conscious control over breathing. Before this hypothesis, however, another theory for evolution existed, one that stated we were related to the apes. The theory was set in stone and agreed on, but when contradictory evidence came to light about microfauna from the same time period as our early ancestors, the theory was shattered. Once this theory was broken, the aquatic ape hypothesis came in to play, and it was starting to sound like a solid hypothesis despite the critics. Despite hearing of similar aquatic evolution ideas before, I have never been more intrigued in the hypothesis then I am now. It was interesting that this hypothesis only came when the original theory had been disproved and that it may have remained unspoken about had the microfauna not have been discovered. I had never given thought to whether I believed this hypothesis or not, but the evidence Morgan provided made me seriously consider the hypothesis. All of the evidence she provided was simple, and after hearing it, it seemed as if the hypothesis should have been…

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  • Paleoanthropology Essay

    Major Questions in Paleoanthropology: The First Art Three articles by Aubert, Joordens, and Vidal all display the beginnings of art which come from all over the world including Siberia, North Africa, South Africa, and Australia. The time period in which we have evidence of this art is called the Upper Paleolithic, which is considered to be what is commonly called “The Stone Age”. These articles describe early art as simple geometric engravings, paintings, stencils, and even portable stone…

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  • The Pros And Cons Of Paleoanthropology

    Within the field of paleoanthropology, many controversial subjects and debates are intertwined in the field of study. The subject of what constitutes a new human species materializes tension within the field. The debates that arise from paleoanthropologist tend to be personal. This results from ambition and lifelong quests for recognition, funding, and fame, can make it difficult for paleoanthropologists to admit when they are wrong (Luskins). Therefore, research released by paleoanthropologist…

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  • Human Origin Research Paper

    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…

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  • Difference Between Anthropology And Physical Anthropology

    government agencies. Some physical anthropologists can be privately have employed throughout different companies. Those who study primates are often in departments of biology or psychology or on the staffs of zoos or zoological research institutes Within the field of physical anthropology there are many different areas of focus. Paleoanthropology is one that studies the physical changes that we see in humans throughout time. Paleoanthropology studies the evolution of primates and hominids from…

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  • Eastern Culture Vs Western Culture Essay

    ). East-West-Phylosophy. Cultural intelligence - World Cultures. Retrieved from http://www.1000ventures.com/business_guide/crosscuttings/cultures_east-west-phylosophy.html Nisbett, R. E. (2003). The Geography of Thought. New York: The Free Press. Sheedy, J. (2011). Pondering Life. Retrieved from http://www.drsheedy.com/book/ What is Evolution? (n.d.). Retrieved from Antiquity of man: http://www.antiquityofman.com/evolution.html What is the difference between eastern culture and western culture?…

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  • Bipedalism Influence On Human Evolution

    there is evidence that they did not travel solidarity, and walked in small groups. The trails are believed to be left by the Australopithecus afarensis, the same species that Lucy, the oldest hominid that was discovered a few years before this breakthrough. These species inhabited the Earth from 3.9 to 2. Million years ago in Kenya and Tanzania, the same areas and time period and location where these footprints were imprinted. A. afarensis were the first human ancestors to diverge…

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  • The Piltdown Hoax

    The infamous event of the Piltdown hoax is one that continues to draw speculative attention over a century after the initial announcement of the paleoanthropological findings. Although many scientists, especially those involved in the field of paleoanthropology, would like to forget the incident entirely, the Piltdown man—otherwise taxonomically referred to as Eoanthropus dawsoni—is perhaps the greatest hoax in anthropological history. Since the exposure of the Piltdown discovery as a forgery in…

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  • Paleotological Theories Of Evolution Essay

    reasoning behind fossils was due to the earth undergoing a succession of global disasters, e.g. floods, earthquakes and changes to the earths crust. Inherently, this brought upon mass extinction to all life forms and later new life forms appeared. In the realm of physical or biological anthropology, the center focus is the study of evolution of humans, their changeability and adaptations to handle environmental strains. Keeping an evolutionary perspective in the forefront, these individuals…

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  • Paranthropus Boisei Essay

    anthropology. Craniodental functional morphology provides insights into what a hominid could have eaten, but not necessarily how it ate regularly. In contrast, dental microware (i.e. can provide direct evidence of diet and fossil species foraging strategies), it shows the patterns on the teeth of the species, which it reflects certain food was eaten before the species died. (Ungar et al 2008) Therefore, consumption of hard diets, such as brittle foods tend to have a lot of pit stops, complex…

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