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Emergence of Mankind

             Fossils of primitive primates have been found all over the world. Remains of early primates have been found in America, Europe, Asia and Africa dating back to 70 million years. The best-known site of Aegyptopithecus deposits is found in the Fayum Depressions of Egypt. The Aegyptopithecus are believed to be the origin of the modern day monkeys and apes. Another type of pre hominid species was the Drypothecus. By this time there was a significant differentiation with one line leading to modern apes while the others lead to modern people. This species showed important development in the skull, teeth, and wrist." (13) .
             The beginning of mankind and the subsequent development spanned many millions of years. By far the most important evolutionary development occurred between 10 and 14 million years ago. This vital event was the emergence of he hominid family, to which all human types belong. These first humans settled in new environments, which had an effect on their development. The species Ramapithecus is most relevant to the study of the evolution of man. Their noises were less "snout-like", jaws were more massive then their ancestors and their teeth were better for grinding. Ramaapithecus remains have been found in Kenya, but the most significant remains were found in Europe and Asia. At one time this species was considered to be the earliest hominid but they were eventually associated with great apes. (13) As scientific research progressed more scientists believed that Australopithecus was the first hominid. Their posture was completely upright, there was a clear developed forehead and the canine teeth were small in size. Practically all of the important early hominid fossils were found in eastern or southern Africa. .

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