ASM 104 Lecture 4: ASM 104 - Module 4 - Primate and Human Beginnings

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This module will cover the primate and human fossil record from approximately 53 to 2. 5 million years ago!! There will be information on primate origins, their evolution into the species that we know today, and of course the early hominins. The context for the evolution of hominins, i. e. , paleoecology, will be identified, and the morphological adaptations that identify bipedalism will be explored. Finally, we will discuss the diet of the early members of our lineage. Identify the temporal and geographic context of hominin evolution. Identify the signatures of bipedalism in the skeleton. Identify the key synapomorphies for the most important species of fossil hominins: place hominin species in a relative temporal order. Identify key technological, morphological, and social factors that are associated with the genus, homo. They had a common ancestor that was adapted to a particular way of life.

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