Prognathic: In reference to the face, the area below the eyes juts anteriorly. Thackeray, J. F.,  Braga, J. Treil, N. Niksch, and J. H. Labuschagne. ———. Clarke, R. J. and K. Kuman. 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). New Haven: Yale University Press. Evolving from a non-obligate bipedal ancestor means that the adaptations we have are evolutionary compromises. The section below describes individual species from across Africa. 1999. Fragmentary leg, arm, and finger bones have been found. Rayner, R. J., B. P. Moon, and J. C. Masters. Finally, the S-shaped curve in our spine allows us to stand upright, relative to the more curved C-shaped spine of an LCA. These features include a large, broad, dish-shaped face and zygomatic arches that are forward facing, including a large mandible with extremely large posterior dentition. Lumpers: Researchers who prefer to lump variable specimens into a single species or taxon and who feel high levels of variation is biologically real. 1997; Bobe and Behrensmeyer 2004). degree with distinction (and no corrections) from the University of the Witwatersrand, specializing in palaeoanthropology and functional morphology in 2018. Let us take, for instance, the hippopotamus. Context: As pertaining to palaeoanthropology, this term refers to the place where an artifact or fossil is found. She focuses on Earlier Stone Age core reduction strategies of east Africa and south Africa and received her M.Sc. Broad sacrum with large sacroiliac joint surfaces, Longer, flatter, elongated ilia, more narrow and gracile, narrower sacrum, relatively smaller sacroiliac joint surface, In general, longer, more robust lower limbs and more stable, larger joints, In general, smaller, more gracile limbs with more flexible joints. Silindokuhle is a Plio-Pleistocene geologist with a specific focus on identifying and explaining past environments that are associated with early human life and development through time. Obligate bipedalism: Where the primary form of locomotion for an organism is bipedal. ScienceDaily shares links with sites in the. London: J. Murray. Figure 9.19c Paranthropus aethiopicus: KNM-WT 17000 superior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. None of direct association, but some have argued that a modern hand morphology (shorter fingers and a longer thumb) means that adaptations to tool manufacture and use may be present in this species. It is through our study of our hominin ancestors and relatives that we are exposed to a world of “might have beens”: of other paths not taken by our species, other ways of being human. A term encompassing multiple assemblages that share similar traits in terms of artifact production and morphology. Ples’ from Sterkfontein: Small Male or Large Female?” The South African Archaeological Bulletin, 55: 155–158. New York: Aldine. The Oldowan techno-complex is far more established in the scientific literature (Leakey 1971). 2015; Toth 1985). The spatula-shaped teeth at the front of the mouth. In 2002, six teeth were discovered at Asa Koma and the dental-wear patterns confirmed that this was a distinct species, named Ar. While there is no consensus as to how the environment drove our evolution, it is clear that the environment shaped both habitat and resource availability in ways that would have influenced our early ancestors physically and behaviorally. Faunal evidence indicates a mixed grassland/woodland environment. Increases in brain size do not necessarily correlate with an increase in intelligence in animals, especially if body size is not taken into consideration. Originally these specimens were referred to as a subspecies of Ar. Our team found its first hominin tracksite in 2016. Currently, the oldest known stone tools, which form the techno-complex the Lomekwian, date to 3.3 mya (Harmand et al. Figure 9.16c Australopithecus africanus Sts 5 superior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Diastema: A gap. Hypodigm: A sample (here, fossil) from which researchers extrapolate features of a population. Au. Tools dated to 2.5 mya in Ethiopia have been argued to possibly belong to this species. 1978. Volcanic tufts: Rock made from ash from volcanic eruptions in the past. garhi. These trends begin early on in our evolution. Figure 9.7c Sahelanthropus tchadensis: TM 266-01-060-1 inferior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Thackeray, J. F. 2000. afarensis. A. Cut marks on fossilized animal bones may illuminate the functionality of stone tools. University of Cape Town, kerryn.warren@gmail.com. We now know that bipedal locomotion is one of the first things that evolved in our lineage, with early relatives having small brains and more apelike dentition. A space between the teeth, usually for large canines to fit when the mouth is closed. Others, known as “splitters,” argue that species variability can be measured and that even subtle differences can imply differences in niche occupation that are extreme enough to mirror modern species differences. It has thus been placed in the species Australopithecus prometheus. Dental formula: A technique to describe the number of incisors, canines, premolars, and molars in each quadrant of the mouth. Behrensmeyer, A. K., N. E. Todd, R. Potts, and G. E. McBrinn. However, it is possible that, with more discoveries, these species definitions will hold. The evidence: While early bipedal hominins are often associated with wetter, more closed environments (i.e., not supporting the Savannah Hypothesis), both marine and terrestrial records seem to support general cooling, drying conditions, with isotopic records indicating an increase in grasslands (i.e., colder and wetter climatic conditions) between 8 mya and 6 mya across the African continent (Cerling et al. The most famous individual stemming from this species is a partial female skeleton discovered in Hadar (Ethiopia), which was later nicknamed “Lucy,” after the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” which was played in celebration of the find (Johanson et al. Bipedalism: The locomotor ability to walk on two legs. Solar precessional cycles: cyclical changes in earth’s axis rotation that have global climatic effects. A relatively large brain (400 cc to 500 cc), small canines without an associated diastema, and more rounded cranium and smaller teeth than Au. The large hole (foramen) at the base of the cranium, through which the spinal cord enters the skull. These included the evolution of a big brain (encephalization), the evolution of the strange way in which we move about on two legs (bipedalism), and the evolution of our strange flat faces and small teeth (indications of dietary change). "This is one of the most remarkable fossil discoveries made in the history of human origins research and it is a privilege to unveil a finding of this importance today," said Ron Clarke from the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, who discovered the skeleton 20 years ago. Early Stone Age (ESA): The earliest described archaeological period in which we start seeing stone tool technology. The roots of humanity are believed to lie in South Africa, where the earliest proof of hominids has been discovered. Grine, F. E. 1988. The lower curve in the human S-shaped spine. Because of this, teeth preserve readily. Introduction to Biological Anthropology, 14. “African Climate Change and Faunal Evolution during the Pliocene–Pleistocene.” Earth and Planetary Science Letters 220 (1–2): 3–24. Paranthropus Paleobiology. An unpublished femur (thigh bone) thought to belong to Sahelanthropus was discovered in 2001 and could potentially shed light on this topic once it is fully studied. There are also broader philosophical differences among researchers when it comes to paleo-species designations. Explain. Selected Answer: e. lamprey Correct Answer: e. Olduvai (now Oldupai) Gorge, known as the Cradle of Humankind, is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tanzania, made famous by Louis and Mary Leakey. Trends among early hominins include a reduction in procumbency, reduced hind dentition (molars and premolars), a reduction in canine size (more incisiform with a lack of canine diastema and honing P3), flatter molar cusps, and thicker dental enamel. Tools dated to 2.5 mya in Ethiopia have been argued to possibly belong to this species. 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. The inward curving of the lower (lumbar) parts of the spine. A proximal tibia indicates bipedality and similar body size to Au. Like the Lomekwian, there was an aim to get sharp-edged flakes, but this was achieved through a different production method. Gracile: Slender, less rugged, or pronounced features. “Paranthropus: Where Do Things Stand?” In Human Paleontology and Prehistory, edited by A. Marom and E. Hovers, 95–107. The initial discovery of four ankle bones indicated bipedality. The origin of bipedalism in hominins has been debated in paleoanthropology, but at present there are two main ideas: Most research supports the theory of an arboreal LCA (i.e., idea 1) based on skeletal morphology of early hominin genera that demonstrate adaptations for climbing but not for knuckle-walking. This further plays a role in evaluating ancestry. A Reappraisal of Early Hominid Phylogeny.” Journal of Human Evolution 32 (1): 17–82. The discoverers suggested that they be more securely associated, temporally, with Au. https://www.maropeng.co.za/content/page/human-evolution, https://perot-museum.imgix.net/2019-08-naledi-sediba-quick-comparison.pdf, https://www.dropbox.com/s/l1d2hv42psj21y9/Braided%20Stream-1920.mp4?dl=0, https://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/tdc02.sci.life.evo.lp_humanevo/human-evolution/, https://australianmuseum.net.au/learn/science/human-evolution/, CO₂ increase since the Industrial Revolution, African savannah @ Masai Mara (21308330314), Skeleton of human (1) and gorilla (2), unnaturally sketched, Sahelanthropus tchadensis: TM 266-01-060-1 anterior view, copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils, Sahelanthropus tchadensis: TM 266-01-060-1 posterior view, Sahelanthropus tchadensis: TM 266-01-060-1 inferior view, Sahelanthropus tchadensis: TM 266-01-060-1 lateral left view, Paranthropus bonsei compared to Homo sapiens, Australopithecus anamensis: KNM-KP 29281 occlusal view. Collections of fossils of other animals found at a site. A phrase typically referring to a woodland, or tree-filled, environment. Some researchers have additionally associated the earliest tool finds from Lomekwi, Kenya, temporally (3.3 mya) and in close geographic proximity to this species/specimen. Despite the cranial features of P. boisei indicating a tough diet of tubers, nuts, and seeds, isotopes indicate a diet high in C4 foods (e.g., grasses, such as sedges). This active geological structure is responsible for much of the visibility of the paleoanthropological record in East Africa. is an archaeology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Witwatersrand. It is the most complete early hominid specimen, with most of the skull, teeth, pelvis, hands and feet, more complete than the previously known Australopithecus afarensis specimen called "Lucy." 1999). Oxford: Oxford University Press. This techno-complex is the most recently defined and pushed back the oldest known date for lithic technology. Excavation at Ewass Oldupa uncovering fossils and Oldowan stone tools Credit: Michael Petraglia Though no hominin fossils have yet been recovered from Ewass Oldupa, hominin fossils of Homo habilis were found just 350 metres away, in deposits dating to 1.82 million years ago. The science of grouping and classifying organisms. The earliest known Australopithecine is dated to 4.2 mya to 3.8 mya. These specimens are currently dated to 1.97 mya (Dirks et al. anamensis or Au. Understand changing paleoclimates and paleoenvironments during early human evolution, and contextualize them as potential factors influencing adaptations during this time. The early hominins were significantly smaller on average than modern humans. Assemblage: A collection demonstrating a pattern. Lumbar lordosis: The inward curving of the lower (lumbar) parts of the spine. The well-known fossil of a juvenile Australopithecine, the “Taung Child,” was the first early hominin evidence ever discovered and was the first to demonstrate our common human heritage in Africa (Figure 9.15; Dart 1925). Ardi demonstrates a mosaic of ancestral and derived characteristics in the postcrania. 2016. Piltdown mas was found in southern England and is determined to be early human ancestor 3. Furthermore, the discoverers have argued that the heavy anterior dental wear patterns, relatively large anterior dentition, and smaller hind dentition of this specimen more closely resemble that of Au. Reconstructions indicate sexual dimorphism. Generalist: A species that can thrive in a wide variety of habitats and can have a varied diet. “Reconstructing Human Evolution: Achievements, Challenges, and Opportunities.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 10(2): 8902–8909. 1993. Several trends are visible in the dentition of early hominins. 2011. This would allow certain groups to develop genetic combinations that would increase their ability to survive in shifting environments. In order to understand the ESA, it is important to consider some definitions. We can tell what they evolved to eat, which other species they may be more closely related to, and even, to some extent, the level of sexual dimorphism, or general variability, within a given species. Though no hominin fossils have yet been recovered from Ewass Oldupa, hominin fossils of Homo habilis were found just 350 metres away, in deposits dating to 1.82 million years ago. The pieces are very chunky and do not display the same fracture patterns as seen in later techno-complexes. As the environmental conditions changed and a savannah/grassland environment became more widespread, the tree cover would become less dense, scattered, and sparse and bipedalism therefore would become more important. Following the fossil species, she has concentrated on the study of geometric morphometrics and will follow new techniques such as paleoproteomics to investigate not only shape change but contributions of evolutionary processes and ecological niches occupied by the genus Paranthropus. Both local and global climatic/environmental changes have been used to understand parameters affecting our evolution (DeHeinzelin et al. Site: A place in which evidence of past societies/species/activities may be observed through archaeological or paleontological practice. Phalanges: Long bones in the hand and fingers. Reconstructing a paleoenvironment relies on a range of techniques, which vary depending on whether research interests focus on local changes or more global environmental changes/reconstructions. Thermoregulation: Maintaining body temperature through physiologically cooling or warming the body. Ardipithecus kadabba (the species name means “oldest ancestor” in the Afar language) is known from localities on the western margin of the Middle Awash region, the same locality where Ar. Since the start of her research with Paranthropus, she has worked at several sites, not only in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in South Africa but also in Kenya. The species designation was, through analyzing Little Foot, revived by Ron Clarke, who insists that many other fossil hominin specimens have prematurely been placed into Au. 2011). Global climatic changes in the distant past, which fluctuated between being colder and drier and warmer and wetter on average, would have global implications for environmental change (Figure 9.3). Despite the cranial features of P. boisei indicating a tough diet of tubers, nuts, and seeds, isotopes indicate a diet high in C4 foods (e.g., grasses, such as sedges). 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. Past animals navigating the landscape and falling into cave openings, or caves used as dens by carnivores, led to the accumulation of deposits over millions of years. Smaller teeth with thicker enamel than seen in Au. The highly mineralized outer layer of the tooth. Furthermore, evidence of knuckle-walking in older hominin species is sorely lacking or highly contested. This section focuses on the earliest tools associated with ESA. Lomekwian knappers likely aimed to get a sharp-edged piece on a flake, which would have been functional, although the specific function is currently unknown. This would mean that both humans and chimpanzees can be considered “derived” in terms of locomotion since chimpanzees would have independently evolved knuckle-walking. Small dentition with Australopithecine cusp-spacing. We also differ from other animals that walk bipedally (such as kangaroos) in that we do not have a tail to balance us as we move. afarensis. However, others have argued that this species has been prematurely identified and that more evidence is needed before splitting the taxa, since the variation appears subtle and may be due to slightly different niche occupations between populations over time. However, when analyzing the paleoanthropological record for evidence of the emergence of bipedalism, all that remains is the fossilized bone. “Plio-Pleistocene Climatic Variability in Subtropical Africa and the Paleoenvironment of Hominid Evolution: A Combined Data-Model Approach.” In Paleoclimate and Evolution, with Emphasis on Human Origins, edited by E.S. 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. This set of prints is thought to have been produced by three bipedal individuals as there are no knuckle imprints, no opposable big toes, and a clear arch is present. "Oldest hominins of Olduvai Gorge persisted across changing environments." After rigorous studies, the species, Australopithecus sediba (meaning “fountain” or “wellspring” in the South African language of Sesotho), was named in 2010 (Figure 9.18; Berger et al. 2013. Berger, L. R., D. J. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. copyrighted and used for educational and noncommercial purposes as outlined by the Smithsonian, Australopithecus afarensis, adult male. To date, scientists have discovered hominin artifacts and fossils dating to 1.5 million to 1.7 million years ago in various spots outside of … Slender, less rugged, or pronounced features. These advances in technology go together with the developments in human evolution and cognition, dispersal of populations across the African continent and the world, and climatic changes. kadabba. Question 1 5 out of 5 points The earliest hominin fossils were found in ____. She completed her undergraduate degree in biochemistry and archaeology. Much of the phylogenetic debate (and research, more generally) has revolved around the shared adaptations of these “robust” australopithecines linked to a diet of hard and/or tough foods (Brain 1967; Rak 1988). Ples”) was previously attributed to Plesianthropus transvaalensis, meaning “near human from the Transvaal,” the old name for Gauteng Province, South Africa (Broom 1947; Broom 1950). 1988. 2012. “‘Mrs. ScienceDaily. Another famous Au. “The Transvaal Museum’s Fossil Project at Swartkrans.” South African Journal of Science 63 (9): 378–384. All early hominins have the primitive dental formula of 2:1:2:3. We identified 40 tracks, estimated to be around 90,000 years old and indicating a party of humans travelling fast down a dune slope. Anamensis is currently the earliest known australopithecine species. However, this is debated, with other researchers suggesting morphological similarities and affinities with more recent species instead. A small brain size (370 cc), relatively large canines, projecting cheekbones, and primitive earholes show more primitive features as compared to those of more recent Australopithecines. There is so much more to paleoanthropology than digging up and grouping fossil hominins: the discipline seeks to explain and understand the evolution of our ancestors’ behavior and morphology. A femur of a fragmentary partial skeleton, argued to belong to Au. Gracile lumbar vertebrae compared to those of modern humans, Shorter, broader bowl-shaped pelvis (for support); very robust. Scientists have interpreted this mixture of traits (such as a robust ankle but evidence for an arch in the foot) as a transitional phase between a body previously adapted to arborealism (tree climbing, particularly in evidence from the bones of the wrist) to one that adapted to bipedal ground walking. Several of these fossils are fragmentary in nature, distorted, and not well preserved because they have been recovered from quarry breccia using explosives. There are numerous hypotheses regarding how climate has driven and continues to drive human evolution. The discoverers believe that this was a pivotal find in the palaeoanthropology field as it shows evidence of more than one closely related hominin species occupying the same region at the same temporal period (Haile-Selassie et al. Interpretations of locomotion are therefore often based on comparative analyses between fossil remains and the skeletons of extant primates with known locomotor behaviors. The lower estimates are well within the range of variation of nonhuman extant great apes, and body size variability also plays a role in the interpretation of whether brain size could be considered large or small for a particular species or specimen. Large flaring zygomatic arches for accommodating large chewing muscles (the temporalis muscle), a sagittal crest for increased muscle attachment of the chewing muscles to the skull, and a robust mandible and supraorbital torus (brow ridge). It is common to try to create “lineages” of species—determining, in other words, when one species evolves into another over time. Figure 9.14a Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 anterior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Some have argued that it is more accurately a combination of bipedalism and arboreal locomotion, which will be discussed later. These mixed morphologies may indicate that earlier hominins were not fully obligate bipeds and thus thrived in mosaic environments. “‘Mrs. However, others have noted that these marks are consistent with teeth marks from crocodiles and other carnivores. Figure 9.16d Australopithecus africanus Sts 5 lateral right view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Such instances have occurred multiple times in the past, and the bones of some fauna (animals, like the hippopotamus) that are sensitive to these changes give us insights into these events. In this chapter, we will tease out the details of what this looks like in terms of morphology (i.e. The techno-complex is defined as a core and flake industry. We are therefore considered generalists, more general than the largely frugivorous (fruit-eating) chimpanzee or the folivorous (foliage-eating) gorilla. is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted. Smaller cheek teeth (molars and premolars) than those in even more recent hominins (i.e., derived), thick enamel, and reduced, but apelike, canines characterize this species. Smaller than the molars, used for chewing. It has a relatively large cranial capacity (450 cc) and larger hind dentition than seen in other gracile Australopithecines. Figure 9.16a Australopithecus africanus Sts 5 anterior view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. afarensis, with a potentially hardier diet. Aridification: Becoming increasingly arid or dry, as related to the climate or environment. Figure 9.15b australopithecus africanus: Taung 1 lateral right view by eFossils is copyrighted and used for noncommercial purposes as outlined by eFossils. Fauna: The animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period. 2019. Within the gracile australopithecines, researchers have debated the relatedness of the species, or even whether these species should be lumped together to represent more variable or polytypic species. During these periods, changes in solar precessional cycles increased the monsoonal system, causing more rain in East Africa, thereby increasing lake sizes. 2009. “South African and Lesotho Stone Age Sequence Updated.” The South African Archaeological Bulletin 67 (195): 123–144. Hay, R. L. 1990. Reconstruction based on AL444-2 by John Gurche, Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 anterior view, Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 superior view, Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 lateral left view, Kenyanthropus platyops KNM WT 40000 inferior view, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, Positioned inferiorly (immediately under the cranium) so that the head rests on top of the vertebral column for balance and support (head is perpendicular to the ground, Posteriorly positioned (to the back of the cranium). 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. afarensis indicate some derived traits. Researchers argue that the holotype, whom discoverers have named “Abel,” falls under the range of variation of Au. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. She is interested in how stool tool technological behaviors correspond with cognitive human evolution. Projecting cheekbones and primitive earholes. by Smithsonian [exhibit: Reconstructed Faces, What does it mean to be human?] Figure 9.1 IMG_1696 Great Rift Valley by Ninara is used under a CC BY 2.0 License. Many of these selective pressures, as we have seen in the previous section, coincide with a shift in environmental conditions, supported by paleoenvironmental data. Lower back is more flexible than that of apes as the hips and trunk swivel when walking (weight transmission). This pattern of larger posterior dentition (even relative to the incisors and canines), thick enamel, and cranial evidence for large chewing muscles is far more pronounced in a group known as the robust australopithecines, as opposed to their earlier contemporaries or predecessors, the gracile australopithecines, and certainly larger than those seen in early Homo, which emerges during this time. 2007. It had a powerful and extremely efficient chewing force. Debates over which species “gave rise” to which continue to this day. 1967. “New Craniodental Fossils of Paranthropus from the Swartkrans Formation and Their Significance in “Robust” Australopithecine Evolution.” In Evolutionary History of the “Robust” Australopithecines, edited by F. E. Grine, 223–243. 2012). “A Juvenile Early Hominin Skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia.” Nature 443 (7109): 296–301. The most complete of these remains is best known as “Mrs. Pickering, R. and J. D. Kramers. 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. Larger hind dentition than seen in other gracile Australopithecines. If the environment for some reason becomes drier, it is expected that hippopotamus populations will reduce. Figure 9.12 Artistic reconstructions of Australopithecus afarensis by artist John Gurche. Maintaining body temperature through physiologically cooling or warming the body. 2014). 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. Ardipithecus ramidus (“ramid” means root in the Afar language) is currently the best known of the earliest hominins (Figure 9.8). Contested species designation; arguably a member of Au. Paranthropus is usually referred to by scholars as the “robust” australopithecine, because of its defining distinct morphological features. Haile-Selassie, Y., S. M. Melillo, A. Vazzana, S. Benazzi, and T. M. Ryan. These adaptations occur throughout the skeleton and are summarized in Table 9.1. Heavy anterior dental wear patterns, relatively large anterior dentition and smaller hind dentition, similar to Au. 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