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ANTH 148: Human Origins

Human evolution can be understood as a series of adaptations to the world around us, adaptations that become clearer when we see them in relation to other mammals and non-human primates. This recitation will let you compare and contrast various evolutionary adaptations by examining anatomical features associated with aspects of the skull, pelvis, and femur. Topics covered during lecture are key to identifying relevant characteristics for each station. Make sure that you download the associated Primates Worksheet and fill it in to receive credit for this activity. The activity is split into four parts. Each part is located on a separate web page linked below.

Station 1. Non-Primate Mammals

Station 2. Locomotion

Station 3. Primate Taxonomy

Station 4. The Great Apes

Viewing the 3D models is done through Sketchfab viewers. Below you will find an example model of a juvenile Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus). Once a model is loaded, you can left-click and drag to spin the model in any direction you want. Models can be resized using the pinch feature on the touch pad. If you want to expand the viewer to fullscreen, you can click the diagonal arrow button in the bottom, right-hand corner of the screen. To exit this view, click on the same button again. If you would like to view any of the models directly in Sketchfab, you can do so by clicking on the object label in the upper left.

Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus), Juvenile