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Primate Evolution. Todays Objectives: SOL BIO.8a-d TSW investigate and understand how primates have changed through time, including: –Examining fossil.

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1 Primate Evolution

2 Todays Objectives: SOL BIO.8a-d TSW investigate and understand how primates have changed through time, including: –Examining fossil records –Recognizing how adaptations lead to natural selection

3 Primates are mammals that have: Opposable thumbs Large brain Good, stereoscopic vision Ability to brachiate Flexible elbows for hand rotation Grasping feet

4 Early Primates Appeared million years ago Prosimian –Small bodies –Lemurs, Tarsiers Anthropoids –Human-like primates –Evolved in Africa

5 Hominid Evolution Hominids developed 5-8 million yrs ago Hominids are bipedal First hominids were in genus Australopithecus –Lucy most famous fossil hominid More modern hominids were in genus Homo

6 More recent humans Homo sapiens (developed 400,000 years ago) –Neanderthals Europe arrival (100,000 years ago) –Cro-Magnon Europe arrival (40,000 years ago) Americas arrival (12,000 years ago)


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