Presentation on theme: "KEY CONCEPT Humans appeared late in Earth’s history."— Presentation transcript:
1 KEY CONCEPT Humans appeared late in Earth’s history.
2 Humans share a common ancestor with other primates. Primates are mammals with flexible hands and feet, forward-looking eyes and enlarged brains.
3 Primates evolved into prosimians and anthropoids. Prosimians are the oldest living primates.They are mostly small and nocturnal.
4 Anthropoids are humanlike primates. They are subdivided into the New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, and hominoids.Homonoids are divided into hominids, great apes, and lesser apes.Hominids include living and extinct humans.
5 Bipedal means walking on two legs. foragingcarrying infants and foodusing toolsWalking upright has important adaptive advantages.
6 There are many fossils of extinct hominids. Most hominids are either the genus Australopithecus or Homo.Australopithecines were a successful genus.The Homo genus first evolved 2.4 million years ago.
8 Modern humans arose about 200,000 years ago. Homo sapiens fossils date to 200,000 years ago.Human evolution is influenced by a tool-based culture.There is a trend toward increased brain size in hominids.AustralopithecusafarensisHomo habilisHomoneanderthalensisHomo sapiens