Basics in Human Evolution by Michael P Muehlenbein

By Michael P Muehlenbein

Basics in Human Evolution deals a wide view of evolutionary biology and drugs. The booklet is written for a non-expert viewers, offering available and handy content material that might entice quite a few readers around the interdisciplinary box.

From evolutionary concept, to the cultural evolution, this e-book fills gaps within the readers’ wisdom from numerous backgrounds and introduces readers to notion leaders in human evolution examine.

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Dentitions are relatively unspecialized, but anterior teeth are reduced while molar cusps are low and rounded. Various features contribute to a slow reproductive turnover. A patchy fossil record extends back 55 million years, but fossils documenting earliest primate evolution remain elusive. The little-studied colugos (Dermoptera) may be the closest relatives of primates. Basics in Human Evolution. 00003-7 Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. 31 32 PART | II Primates INTRODUCTION In his widely influential 1945 classification of mammals, George Gaylord Simpson’s pivotal synopsis of primates began with a now-famous sarcastic comment: “The primates are inevitably the most interesting of mammals to an egocentric species that belongs to this order” (p.

Rodents, for example, have continuously growing incisor teeth adapted for gnawing, while even-toed hoofed mammals (artiodactyls) have a unique double-pulley arrangement of their ankle bones, carnivores have special carnassial cheek teeth to slice through animal tissue, and bats (chiropterans) have wings. Instead, a traditional view has been that extant primates can be arranged on an ascending ladder (Scala naturae), extending from primitive lemurs on the lowest rung up to humans on the highest.

At the heart of the matter, of course, is the place of humans in the order of things in the universe. Both creationism and ID preserve a special role for humans over other living things on the planet. What drives 26 PART | I Positioning Human Evolution many of the objections to evolutionary science relate to the total reevaluation of the place of humans in relation to the rest of Nature. The evolutionary perspective places humans at the end of one branch of the tree of life not as the angel at the top of the Christmas tree.

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