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Lecture 1

ENR 2100 Lecture 1: Human Evolution

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Environment & Natural Resource
Course Code
ENR 2100
Professor
Brian Lower

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Introduction to Environmental Science (ENR2100)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
Professors: Brian H. Lower, Ph.D. & Steven K. Lower, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant: Tyler Lower
HUMAN EVOLUTION!
!
Intro Environmental Science https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/intro-environmental-science/id601450178
Australopithecus afarensis "Lucy"
skeleton (AL 288-1).
Institute of Human Origins:
https://iho.asu.edu/about/lucy’s-
story
Ardipithecus ramidus "Ardi" skele-
ton (ARA-VP-6/500). Science
October 2009, 326 (5949): 36-40.
http://www.sciencemag.org/con-
tent/326/5949/36
Human Evolution!
Lucy is 3.2 million year old fossil that could walk on two legs and Ardi is a 4.4 million year old fos-
sil that could walk on two legs and climb trees. Both were discovered in Africa and provide a
great deal of insight into human evolution on Earth.
Watch/read the following:
1. Watch “Finding Lucy” (scientific name is Australopithecus afarensis), Dr. Donald Johanson describes
the discovery of Lucy. PBS. Read Lucy’s Story in the material provided at Arizona State University
Institute of Human Origins’ homepage. !
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPit_Mca8dM!
https://iho.asu.edu/about/lucys-story !
2. Watch “Ancient Human Ancestors: Walking in the Woods” (walking on two legs makes humans
unique). PBS. Two anthropologists, Dr. Tim White and Dr. Owen Lovejoy, describe “Ardi” (scientific
name is Ardipithecus ramidus) a early hominid that made the transition to bipedalism. !
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrebQed8b2Q!
3. Watch “An Interview with Tim White”, a paleoanthropologist that help discover the 4.4 million year old
fossil named Ardi.!
"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0jtu6JHwn0!
4. Read the article “Ardi, Oldest Human Ancestor, Unveiled” written by Jennifer Viegas for Discovery
News and published on November 27, 2012. This article is provided on the following pages.!
5. Watch “Discovering Ardi” from Discovery. Watch the five videos (a-e) below. There are eight video
clips at this site, feel free to watch all eight, but at the very least you need to watch these five video
clips:!
a. Discovering Ardi: Bringing Ardi to Life https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa1fSDp7yqo !
b. Discovering Ardi: Bringing Ardi Back https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa1fSDp7yqo !
c. Discovering Ardi: How Old is Ardi? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMl5xIh3Z6g !
d. Discovering Ardi: How Ardi Walked https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pw_J6jV02eU !
e. Discovering Ardi: Ardi’s Feet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whtQ8iUXwqQ #
!
Intro Environmental Science https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/intro-environmental-science/id601450178

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Introduction to Environmental Science (ENR2100) The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA Professors: Brian H. Lower, Ph.D. & Steven K. Lower, Ph.D. Teaching Assistant: Tyler Lower HUMAN EVOLUTION Australopithecus afarensis "Lucy" Ardipithecus ramidus "Ardi" skele- skeleton (AL 288-1). ton (ARA-VP-6/500). Science Institute of Human Origins: October 2009, 326 (5949): 36-40. https://iho.asu.edu/about/lucys- http://www.sciencemag.org/con- tent/326/5949/36 story Intro Environmental Science https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/intro-environmental-science/id601450178Human Evolution Lucy is 3.2 million year old fossil that could walk on two legs and Ardi is a 4.4 million year old fos- sil that could walk on two legs and climb trees. Both were discovered in Africa and provide a great deal of insight into human evolution on Earth. Watch/read the following: 1. Watch Finding Lucy (scientic name is Australopithecus afarensis), Dr. Donald Johanson describes the discovery of Lucy. PBS. Read Lucys Story in the material provided at Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins homepage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPit_Mca8dM https://iho.asu.edu/about/lucys-story 2. Watch Ancient Human Ancestors: Walking in the Woods (walking on two legs makes humans unique). PBS. Two anthropologists, Dr. Tim White and Dr. Owen Lovejoy, describe Ardi (scientic name is Ardipithecus ramidus) a early hominid that made the transition to bipedalism. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrebQed8b2Q 3. Watch An Interview with Tim White, a paleoanthropologist that help discover the 4.4 millio
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