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Grossmont College Hominin Genus Anthropology Discussion

Grossmont College Hominin Genus Anthropology Discussion

Question Description

I need support with this Writing question so I can learn better.

The Hominins

Beginning in the late Miocene and into the early Pliocene, upright walking tendencies began to develop among the hominin tribe. Upright walking tendencies slowly transformed into obligate bipedalism during the pliocene within the hominin lineage. This shift in locomotor strategy is notably marked by the gradual change in arm to leg ratio that we see when comparing early and later hominins. Early hominins have short legs and very long arms while later hominins have longer legs and short arms.

Your task for this activity will be to compare and contrast the locomotor strategies of the following two hominin genera: Ardipithecus and Australopithecus. You will accomplish this by answering the following questions.

Before you begin make sure view all relevant reading material so that you can give me informed opinions.

  • Based on the feet, which hominin genus had the best arboreal capabilities? Ardipithecus or Australopithecus. Explain your answer.
  • Which hominins was the first to not just be an upright walker but an obligate biped (this means you have no choice but to walk on two legs)? Make sure you explain your answer using the same feature for comparative purposes.
  • Lastly, I would like you to give a short summary of the changes that took place in locomotor strategy from Ardipithecus to Australopithecus.
  • Make sure you cite your information.