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40: (Case Study) Human Evolution

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    22710
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    Clovis points from the Rummells-Maske Cache Site, Iowa, USA (Image: Wikipedia, Billwhittaker, CC BY-SA 3.0).
    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): Clovis points from the Rummells-Maske Cache Site, Iowa, USA (Image: CC BY-SA 3.0; Billwhittaker, Wikipedia).
    Student Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this chapter, students should be able to:

    • Discuss Homo sapiens sapiens in the larger context of hominid evolution;
    • Highlight some of the critical splits in the human phylogenetic tree;
    • Discuss some of the features of hominid skull anatomy that can be used for comparative genotype analysis between hominid groups;
    • Describe how humans migrated from Africa, including the timing and pathways;
    • Describe how we can trace these migrations using paternal and maternal haplogroups;
    • Identify some of the key technological innovations during the evolution of hominids, particularly among anatomically modern humans and Neanderthals;
    • Understand how human evolution is very similar to evolution within other taxonomic families of organisms.


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