ANT100Y1Y Outline for EVOL ANTH Lecture #5
What to “Get” Today
General patterns of morphology for some Main hypotheses on human origins.
key fossil hominins.
Some Key Australopithecines: The First “Real” Hominins
Australopithecus anamensis Australopithecus aethiopicus
Australopithecus afarensis Australopithecus boisei
Australopithecus africanus Australopithecus robustus
Rise of the genus Homo
Earliest evolved in Africa. Some researchers suggest that H. habilis
Most date 2.4 to 1.8 MYA. is “junk taxon” and that there may be
First fossil member of taxon: Homo two or more species of Homo by 2.0
habilis, which means “Handy man.” MYA.
Species in the Genus Homo
Homo habilis. Homo antecessor.