The Evolution of Man

The Evolution of Man

SA103 Assignment
Lecturer: Mr. S. T. Petrus
St no: 206003714
By: Miss Jessica Smith
September 2007
Title: Our little flaws

Table of contents:
1. Introduction
2. What is culture?
3. The Evolution of apes and us.
4. How culture has affected our biological evolution?
5. How have we cheated Natural Selection?
6. Conclusion
7. Bibliography

The extensive road from ape to man has long been discussed and criticized. But with each new fossil discovery, Anthropologists grow ever closer to completing their ladder of evolution. In this essay I will show how culture has come into place and affected our ancestors both biologically and culturally, and how it still affects us today.
What is culture?
In my opinion, culture is your level of knowledge and understanding of how life and the world works. It is your opinion of yourself and your fellow people and how well you survive on this earth. Our survival has greatly depended on our creation of our culture and devices which we have invented. It has affected us greatly both positively and negatively. “The ultimate goal of the study of archaeology is to add to the understanding of World History.”

The Evolution of apes and us.
Starting with Ramapithecus, who is so far our earliest descendant. Roughly the size of a baboon, with smallish teeth and strong facial muscles, it was an herbivore. Then after a gap of about 4 million years one of the first known records of our evolution from apes came with the small Australopithecus afarensis. The Australopithecines or near humans where the first to show signs of Bipedalism. “Lucy” is from the Australopithecus afarensis species, she shows signs of walking up right, but still using her arboreal nature to climb trees for protection, as she had not yet discovered how to make tools. Her brain was...

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