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1 32-3 Primates and Human Origins By Alan NewcombMegan StoneBradley ReddinRegan Gauntt
2 Adaptations Binocular Vision Well developed cerebrum Have flat face that enable the primate to merge images providing depth perception and a 3-d veiw of the worldWell developed cerebrumHelps them display complex behaviorsFlexible fingers and toesUsually have five fingers that curl around objectsArms that rotate in broad circlesEnables many primates to run along tree limbs and swing like Tarzan with easeThe thumbThe presence of the thumb helps them hold objects firmly in their hands or in their feet
3 Evolutionary HistoryPrimates split into several groups in the early evolutionary historyProsimians : small, nocturnal primates with large eyes adapted for seeing in the dark, many have dog like snoutsAnthropoids: include monkeys, apes, and humansThey are split into two branches
4 AnthropoidsNew world monkeys like squirrels and spider monkeys they live almost entirely in treesLong flexible arms to swing branch to branch once again like TarzanThey have a long prehensile tail that can coil tightly around a branch to serve as a fifth handOld World Monkeys such as langurs and macaquesSpend time in trees but lack the prehensile tailGreat apes also called hominoids include orangutans and gorillas share 98% DNA with humans
5 Hominoid EvolutionHominoid family includes modern humans that display several distinct evolutionary trends.Bipedal means to have two feetHominid hand evolved an opposable thumb
6 Early HominidsAlmost a third of all Hominids have been discovered in the last 20 yearsMost palientolisgest agree that the Hominid fossil record includes at least these genera; Ardipithecus, Paranthropus, Austrlopithecus, Kenyanthropus, and Homo
7 AustralopithecusThis group lived from about 4 million to about a million years ago.They were bipedal apes that ate fruit, stayed in trees, and are human ancestors
8 ParanthropusThey had huge grinding back teeth with diets including course and fibrous plant foods.They grew to the size of well feed football linebackers
9 Early Hominid Evolution Like the evolution other mammalian groups, a series of complex adaptive radiations produced a large number of species whose relationships are difficult to determineThe hominid fossil record dated back nearly 7 million years ago
10 The Genus homo Homo Habilis means “handy man” Homo Habilis was the first of several species in our genus to arise in Africa.
11 Out of Africa, but when? And who? Researchers agree that our genus originated in Africa. But they do not know when the hominids first left Africa or originated.
12 Modern homo sapiensThere are two groups of hominids. One is homo neanderthalensis and homo sapiens.They thinl homo neanderthalensis died out 30,000 years ago.50,000 years ago, homo sapiens act like we do today
13 Questions What are the two types of homos? What are two types of primates?What are the two differences in the types of primates?What are the two types of adaptations of primates?