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p. 1098. Of molecules and manlocked

  • Keith Thomson


‘Of molecules and man’ considers human evolution and the use of modern DNA analysis to fill in the gaps in the phylogeny of Homo sapiens. Human fossils show us how our forebears lived, where they lived, how they moved, what sorts of food they ate, how big their brains were, perhaps even whether they could speak or not. The fossils show our transformation from quadruped to biped, herbivore to omnivore, and give us hints as to the development of social structures, intelligence, and culture. Species Homo neanderthalensis, Australopithecus afarensis and genus Paranthropus are discussed along with other early hominids and the issues of the spread and diversification of hominids out of Africa.

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