1034 HUMAN TRAITS: THEIR EMERGENCE
Associate Professor Rebecca Ackermann, Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town
The ability to carefully pick up a pen and walk or jog long distances are the legacy of both our primate origins and the unique adaptations that have evolved in our lineage on the substrate of this ‘primateness’. This course will begin by introducing humans as primates and will then explore how natural selection has acted to shape four key characteristics of humans: our three-dimensional colour vision, our unique bipedal locomotion, our large and complex brains and our colourful, hairless and very sweaty skin. The emergence of these traits will be contextualised within our understanding of primate and human origins and evolution in Africa and beyond.
1. Humans as primates