Sep 5

Australopithecus Evolution

Australopithecines were our earliest ancestors, and even though they existed millions of years ago, they shared numerous characteristics that would later be present in us and were truly remarkable animals.


4 Responses to “Australopithecus Evolution”

  1. Maynard w

    There is also a “swamp hypothesis” for upright bipedal locomotion that states that it evolved in swampy areas where upright posture helped keep it from drowning. The discovery of the “bili” ape supports this hypothesis if only in regards to, but not limited to, convergent evolution.

    • F S

      I am not familiar with the “swamp hypothesis for upright bipedal locomotion”, nor does that term return any matches when googled.
      I think you may mean the “Aquatic Ape Theory”, which calls for much deeper water than just walking around swamps.
      Also, in evolutionary biology, convergent evolution is the process whereby organisms NOT CLOSELY RELATED (not monophyletic), independently evolve similar traits as a result of having to adapt to similar environments or ecological niches. An example would be the Thylacene and the and the grey wolf. Convergent evolution would not apply to similarities between two members of the Great Ape family.

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