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4.2: Introduction to Paleoanthropology

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    • 4.2.1: Paleoanthropology
      Paleoanthropology, a subdiscipline of anthropology, is the study of extinct primates. While the majority of researchers doing this kind of work are anthropologists, paleontologists (within the discipline of geology) may also study fossil primates. The primary method used by paleoanthropologists is the analysis of fossil remains. However, they increasingly rely on other scientific disciplines to gain a better understanding of the environmental forces that played a role in our evolution.
    • 4.2.2: What is a Hominim
      We are hominins, as are all those bipedal apes that came before us. Hominin species have evolved through time, some of which we are descended from and some that are side branches in our tribal tree!

    Thumbnail: Primate skulls provided courtesy of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University. (CC BY 2.5; K. N'Diaye. Evolutionary History of a Gene Controlling Brain Size. PLoS Biol 2(5): e134. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0020134).


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