I get news alerts every day all day about a variety of headlines pertaining to anthropology, science, culture and, specifically, skeletal remains. The other day, my friend was watching one of those ‘ 778 more words
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Did Neanderthals walk themselves into extinction? an analysis of locomotion efficiencies in comparison to Homo Sapiens
The Homo genus originated in Africa around 2-3 million years ago (mya), as the lineage split from the Australopithecine line (Henke and Hardt 2011), the following wide-spread dispersal lead to the colonisation of almost every habitat on Earth as we see today. 4,235 more words
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Over centuries, comparative anatomists marveled at the complexity of form and function in animals. For example, nineteenth century anatomist Charles Bell believed that the “designed perfection of the human hand could only have a divine origin.” His contemporary, Richard Owens, proposed that the remarkably similar patterns in the hands and feet of animals as diverse as whales, dinosaurs, bats and birds fit “the plan of the Creator.” Charles Darwin suggested that a common ancestor generated this diversity of the descendants that shared variations on the original limb pattern.
The latest exhibition at the Canadian Museum of Nature is a provocative look at the inside of animal bodies. A technique called plastination gives durable, graphic and artistic results that allow curious viewers to see and compare biological systems of many different species. 616 more words