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Human Evolution - Chapter Summary
The short and engaging lessons in this biology study resource provide an overview of human evolution. Taught by expert biology instructors, these lessons will help you quickly summarize the history of human evolution and examine early human ancestors, such as Homo Erectus. You'll also take a look at the human fossil record. By the end of the chapter, you should be able to:
- Trace the evolution of humans over time
- Recognize the characteristics of early human ancestors, including Australopithecus, Homo Erectus and Homo Denisovans
- Understand what the human fossil record tells scientists about human evolution
- Determine how biological change affected human evolution
After completing each lesson, we encourage you to take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to make sure you've fully understood essential definitions and concepts. Your course Dashboard will keep track of your progress and allow you to jump to specific topics you want to study. Our instructors are available to answer any questions you may have, and for your convenience, we've made the chapter accessible 24/7 on any Internet-connected device.
1. The Evolution of Humans: Characteristics & Evolutionary History
Just like other organisms, humans have changed over time. We will look at the evolution of humans as well as connections with our primate relatives, including Old World and New World primates.
2. Australopithecus: Definition, Characteristics & Evolution
Our recent ancestry includes a variety of upright-walking apes that have mastered fire, tools, and the beginnings of language. Peer back into the mists of time to uncover the secrets of our earliest walking ancestors.
3. Homo Erectus: Definition, Characteristics & Discovery
Homo erectus is one of the most intriguing members of our family tree. Alive and walking the land a mere 150,000 years ago, H. erectus left his mark across two continents. Explore the nature of one of our closest of kin.
4. The Human Fossil Record & Human Evolution
Fossils can help tell the story of how we evolved. This lesson sheds light on our closest relatives from the past and what traits human beings have developed over time. You'll learn about those species that are extinct but who live on in our genes.
5. Homo Denisovans: Definition, Characteristics & Discovery
There's a new early human relative on the block called the Denisovans. This lesson will explore how this discovery changed what scientists know about human evolution, and will explore what we know today.
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