vendredi, février 18
i gathered together a plausible view of human evolution that goes all the way back to the carboniferous period (345 million years ago), i thought this is more amazing than some fairy tale.
the missing link reproach is no longer missing if we consider what we have in terms of conclusive fossil evidence today. the mammal like reptiles most especially caught my attention which depicts continuity from fish to reptile then to mammals then to primates and then to the early hominids.
one of particular interest is called KNM ER 1470 (homo rudolfensis) which is viewed as a good candidate for the transition from australopithecus to homo speciation because from the neck down it was indistinguishable from an australopithecus and the cranial capacity and dentition looked that of the homo. there is an indication that the early hominids changed their diet from plant to eating meat and from being arboreal to terrestial living which scientists supposed placed pressure on the population to a trend for smaller teeth and increased cranial capacity (bigger brains).
345M (carboniferous period) - first reptiles
280M (permian period) - mammal like reptiles
180M (jurassic period) - first mammals
65M (end of cretaceous period) - first primates
38M (oligocene epoch) - first catarrhines
5M (pliocene epoch) - first hominids.
for the nth time. humans didn't evolve from monkeys. and never has it been said that it was except in ignorant or misinformed circles. or at the least one should question everything especially from an unreliable source. humans and monkeys share a common ancestor.
25M - 20M Aegyptopithecus
20M - 15M Preconsul
15M - 10M Ramipithecines
5M - Australopithecus
4.0M - 3.5M A. afarensis
3.0M - 2.0M A. africanus
2.0M - 1.5M H. habilis
1.5M - 1.0M H. erectus
0.5M - present H. sapiens