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What makes us human?. FOH 1 – 2, R. Leakey – April 17. Human evolution. hominids?. What makes humans distinct?. In FOH 1-2:. What makes humans distinct?. What makes humans distinct?. FOH. Human Origins website. Bodies Posture Tools and food Brains Language and symbols

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what makes us human

What makes us human?

FOH 1 – 2, R. Leakey – April 17

what makes humans distinct2
What makes humans distinct?

FOH

Human Origins website

Bodies

Posture

Tools and food

Brains

Language and symbols

Social life (living in groups)

Ability to change the world

  • Vision
  • Posture
  • Hands/thumbs
  • Brains
  • Language/speech
what makes humans distinct3
What makes humans distinct?

FOH

Human Origins Program

Bodies: size, bones, guts

Adapted to climates and diet

Posture

Tools and food

Hunting tools meat

Fire survival

Brains

Language and symbols

Social life

Advantages of living in groups

Advantages of connections to other groups

Ability to change the world

  • Vision
  • Posture
  • Hands/thumbs
    • Flint tools
    • Use of fire
  • Brains
  • Language/speech
what makes humans distinct4
What makes humans distinct?
  • Biological characteristics
  • How we have used those characteristics to develop
    • Distinct ways of life and relationships to others (cultural evolution)
    • Ways of using the physical world to our advantage (technological evolution)
cultural and technological evolution
cultural and technological evolution
  • The ability to use fire:
      • Could live in colder climates
      • Could protect selves from animals
      • Could make more effective weapons
      • Could cook food  easier to digest
                • improved nutrition and health

(more protein, fewer microbes)

cultural and technological evolution1
Cultural and technological evolution
  • Changes in the natural world: Ice Ages
    • As climates turned cooler, humans had to adapt faster, and invented new tools.
    • Ice Ages limited available vegetation and increased importance of hunting and tools.
    • As brains developed and grew, so did ability to pass on knowledge.
leakey s homo erectus colony
Leakey’s Homo erectus colony

- Your name

- title of assignment

leakey s homo erectus colony1
Leakey’s Homo erectus colony
  • What makes these hominids recognizably

human?

leakey s homo erectus colony2
Leakey’s Homo erectus colony
  • What makes these hominids recognizably

human?

  • How do they seem “different” from modern

human beings?

homework
HOMEWORK

Finish, print and bring to class:

  • Questions about Homo erectus colony
  • Part 3: Milestones in chronological order
  • Your charged laptop
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