Concept Check

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What Makes a Hominid a Hominid?

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All of the features in this table are specific to hominids. Compare and contrast these hominid features with those of the great apes. How do you think the apes move differently? What do the differences in teeth tell you about differences in diet?
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The Pre-Australopithecines

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Which of the characteristics in the chart are apelike? What does this tell you about the pre-australopithecines?
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Discuss the characteristics that are not apelike. What modern human features will these characteristics eventually evolve into?
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The Australopithecines

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Explain what anatomical features distinguish the australopithecines from the pre-australopithecines.
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Discuss what the locations of the finds in this table tell you about australopithecine lifestyle and behavior.

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