Koobi Fora, West Turkana, and Chesowanja (Kenya), Malema-Chiwondo (Malawi), Olduvai Gorge and Peninj (Tanzania), and Omo River basin and Konso (Ethiopia). sediba shows a modern hand morphology (shorter fingers and a longer thumb), indicating that adaptations to tool manufacture and use may be present in this species. Becoming increasingly arid or dry, as related to the climate or environment. In some ways, this hypothesis accommodates both environmental data and our interpretations of an evolution toward greater variability among species and the survivability of generalists. Smaller than in extant great apes, larger and pointier than in humans. In many primates, from Old World monkeys to great apes, the typical dental formula is 2:1:2:3. These features include a small brain size (Australopithecus-like; 420 cc to 450 cc) but gracile mandible and small teeth (Homo-like). Figure 9.6 Skeletal comparisons between modern humans and non-obligate bipeds original to Explorations: An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology is under a CC BY-NC 4.0 License. garhi, indicates this species may be longer-limbed than Au. Among hunter-gatherers, it can vary from a honey- and plant-rich diet, as seen in the Hadza in Tanzania, to a diet almost entirely reliant on animal fat and protein, as seen in Inuits in polar regions of the world. Projecting cheekbones and primitive earholes. Partridge, and L.H. In all, 125 different pieces of fossilized bone were found. London: J. Murray. However, understanding of the environmental contexts in which these hominins lived has remained elusive due to a dearth of ecological studies in direct association with the cultural remains. Tools dated to 2.5 mya in Ethiopia have been argued to possibly belong to this species. Rigid, robust foot, without a midtarsal break. This is documented by the increase of diatomaceous lake sediments during these times. A single specimen from which a species or taxon is described or named. Dr. Pastory Bushozi of Dar es Salaam University, Tanzania, notes, "the occupation of varied and unstable environments, including after volcanic activity, is one of the earliest examples of adaptation to major ecological transformations.". Another famous specimen from this species is the Peninj mandible from Tanzania, found in 1964 by Kimoya Kimeu. 2010). Tools dated to 2.5 mya in Ethiopia have been argued to possibly belong to this species. While chimpanzees, for instance, are faster than humans terrestrially, they expend large amounts of energy being so. It is possible that the majority of early hominin tool use and manufacture may be invisible to us because of this preservation bias. The femur is the thigh bone, and the proximal part is that which articulates with the pelvis—it is very important when studying posture and locomotion. It is worth noting that while brain size expansion is seen primarily in our genus, Homo, earlier hominin brain sizes were highly variable between and within taxa, from 300 cc (cranial capacity, cm3), estimated in Ardipithecus, to 550 cc, estimated in Paranthropus boisei. This skeleton was found in 1974 by Donald Johanson and dates to approximately 3.2 mya (Figure 9.13). “Pliocene Footprints in the Laetoli Beds at Laetoli, Northern Tanzania.” Nature 278 (5702): 317–323. Historically, the excellent faunal record from East Africa has traditionally been used to compare sites based on relative dating. Some have argued that features of the finger bones suggest potential tool-making capabilities, although many researchers argue that these features are also consistent with climbing. The ability to walk habitually upright is thus considered one of the defining attributes of the hominin lineage. These techniques allow us to use chemistry (such as nitrogen and oxygen isotopes in shells and sediments) or pollen grains (which show directly the kinds of flora surviving in an environment at a specific time period). However, the pelvis and hip show that she could walk upright (i.e., it is derived), supporting her hominin status. The Stone Age lasted for more than 3 million years and is broken up into chronological periods called the Early (ESA), Middle (MSA), and Later Stone Ages (LSA). (geology, archaeology, and environmental and geographical sciences) from the University of Cape Town before moving to Wits for a B.Sc. It is also worth noting that, while not directly related to bipedalism per se, other postcranial adaptations are evident in the hominin fossil record from some of the earlier hominins. Candidate at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) conducting palaeoenvironmental reconstruction and change of the northeastern Turkana Basin’s Pleistocene sequence. Honing P3: The mandibular premolar alongside the canine (in primates, the P3), which is angled to give space for (and sharpen) the upper canines. Figure 9.23 Olduwan Industry Chopper 2 by Emmyanne29 is used under a CC0 1.0 License. ramidus was found in Ethiopia (in the Middle Awash region and in Gona). 2017. In animals with large canines (such as baboons), there is also often a honing P3, where the first premolar (also known as P3 for evolutionary reasons) is triangular in shape, “sharpened” by the extended canine from the upper dentition. A short cranial base and a foramen magnum (hole in which the spinal cord enters the cranium) that is more humanlike in positioning, has been argued to indicate upright walking. Piltdown mas was found in southern England and is determined to be early human ancestor 3. Kenyanthopus platyops (the name “platyops” refers to its flatter-faced appearance) is a highly contested genus/species designation of a specimen (KNM-WT 40000) from Lake Turkana in Kenya, discovered by Maeve Leakey in 1999 (Figure 9.14). Skeletal evidence indicates that this species was bipedal, primarily through examining the pelvis and lower limb, which demonstrate a humanlike femoral neck, a valgus knee, and bowl-shaped hip. Figure 9.21c Paranthropus boisei: OH 5 posterior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Paranthropus Paleobiology. “Climate Change and Faunal Turnover: Testing the Mechanics of the Turnover-Pulse Hypothesis with South African Fossil Data.” Paleobiology 39 (4): 609–627. Figure 9.5 Skeleton of human (1) and gorilla (2), unnaturally sketched by unknown from Brehms Tierleben, Small Edition 1927 is in the public domain. in geology. Context: As pertaining to palaeoanthropology, this term refers to the place where an artifact or fossil is found. A term encompassing multiple assemblages that share similar traits in terms of artifact production and morphology. Hyper-robust: Even more robust than considered normal in the Paranthropus genus. A short cranial base and a foramen magnum (the hole through which the spinal cord enters the cranium) that is more humanlike in positioning have been argued to indicate upright walking. All early hominins have the primitive dental formula of 2:1:2:3. By Ann Gibbons Jun. Faunal turnover: The rate at which species go extinct and are replaced with new species. She now works as the Community Relations and Development Director for the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) at UCSD. Haile-Selassie, Y., L. Gibert, S. M. Melillo, T. M. Ryan, M. Alene, A. Deino, G. Scott, and B. Fossils of mammals (wild cattle and pigs, hippos, panthers, lions, hyena, primates), reptiles and birds, together with a range of multidisciplinary scientific studies, revealed habitat changes over 200,000 years in riverine and lake systems, including fern meadows, woodland mosaics, naturally burned landscapes, lakeside palm groves and dry steppe habitats. Figure 9.14b Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 superior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Clarke, R.J. 2013. Furthermore, with smaller mouths and faces, fewer teeth may be advantageous. She is interested in how stool tool technological behaviors correspond with cognitive human evolution. Early Hominin Body Size. anamensis is an intermediate form of the chronospecies that becomes Au. The pieces are very chunky and do not display the same fracture patterns as seen in later techno-complexes. Researchers often need to make several important claims when announcing or publishing a find: a secure date (if possible), clear association with other finds, and an adequate comparison among multiple species (both extant and fossil). In 1991 Georgian anthropologist and paleontologist David O. Lordkipanidze discovered at Dmanisi, in the Kvemo kartli region of Georgia, hominin remains first classified as a new species, Homo georgicus, but later classified within H. erectus, sometimes called Homo erectus georgicus.Since then additional fossil remains dating roughly from this period were excavated … Figure 9.21b Paranthropus boisei: OH 5 inferior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. This is opposed to our living relatives as well as some of the earliest hominins, such as Sahelanthropus, whose molars and premolars are relatively parallel between the left and right sides of the mouth, creating a U-shape. Splitters: Researchers who prefer to split a highly variable taxon into multiple groups or species. Figure 9.20 Paranthropus boisei, male. Robust lumbar (lower-back) vertebrae (for shock absorbance and weight bearing). afarensis. She has excavated at Stone Age sites across South Africa and East Africa. Reconstruction based on AL444-2 by John Gurche by Smithsonian [exhibit: Reconstructed Faces, What does it mean to be human?] However, others have noted that these marks are consistent with teeth marks from crocodiles and other carnivores. afarensis. Unlike Sahelanthropus and Orrorin, this species has a large sample size of over 110 specimens from Aramis alone. Increases in brain size do not necessarily correlate with an increase in intelligence in animals, especially if body size is not taken into consideration. The locomotor ability to walk on two legs. The ESA spanned the largest technological time period of human innovation from over 3 million years ago to around 300,000 years ago and is associated almost entirely with hominin species prior to modern Homo sapiens. Some are complementary (Pulsed Variability and Turnover Pulse Hypotheses), whereas others are directly opposed to one another (Savannah and Forest Hypotheses). is copyrighted and used for educational and noncommercial purposes as outlined by the Smithsonian. This would allow certain groups to develop genetic combinations that would increase their ability to survive in shifting environments. Cladistics groups organisms according to their last common ancestors based on shared derived traits. Her research interests include identifying hybridization in the hominin fossil record, stemming from research from her Ph.D., and understanding the evolution of education in South African schools. These populations would then have a genetic advantage over others that were forced into habitat-specific adaptations (Potts 2013). We have multiple species (multiple genera), diverse in the extent to which they move like us and the diets on which they subsist. afarensis. This can be contrasted with later climatic changes derived from aeolian dust records (sediments transported to the site of interest by wind), which demonstrate increases in seasonal rainfall between 3 mya and 2.6 mya, 1.8 mya and 1.6 mya, and 1.2 mya and 0.8 mya (deMenocal and Bloemendal 1995; deMenocal 2004). A 2015 study noted that the trabecular bone morphology of the hand was consistent with forceful tool manufacture and use, suggesting potential early tool abilities. http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence, The Maropeng Museum website hosts a wealth of information regarding South African Fossil Bearing sites in the Cradle of Humankind. with distinction in the same field. https://www.maropeng.co.za/content/page/human-evolution, This quick comparison between Homo naledi and Australopithecus sediba from the Perot Museum: https://perot-museum.imgix.net/2019-08-naledi-sediba-quick-comparison.pdf, This explanation of the braided stream by the Perot Museum: https://www.dropbox.com/s/l1d2hv42psj21y9/Braided%20Stream-1920.mp4?dl=0, A collation of 3-D files for visualizing (or even 3-D printing) for homes, schools, and universities: https://www.hetmp.com/, PBS learning materials, including videos and diagrams of the Laetoli footprints, bipedalism, and fossils: https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.evo.lp_humanevo/human-evolution/, A wealth of information from the Australian Museum website, including species descriptions, family trees, and explanations of bipedalism and diet: https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/science/human-evolution/. There are many current ideas regarding selective pressures that would lead to early hominins adapting upright posture and locomotion. First fossil mandible bones were discovered in 2011 in the Afar region of Ethiopia by Yohannes Haile-Selassie. Isotopes of these fauna, for instance, tell us about the relative diets of individual fauna (e.g., using carbon isotopes to differentiate between species eating more grassland-heavy diets and those consuming bushland/tree-heavy diets) and whether the environment of individual animals was wetter or drier than the present day (e.g., nitrogen isotopes; Kingston & Harrison 2007). 2010. 2009. “Environmental Hypotheses of Hominin Evolution.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 107 (S27): 93–136. New York: Simon & Schuster. A femur of a fragmentary partial skeleton, argued to belong to Au. Alemseged, Z., F. Spoor, W. H. Kimbel, R. Bobe, D. Geraads, D. Reed, and J. G. Wynn. 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