Robust australopithecines

Protega, Luka (2012) Robust australopithecines. Bachelor's thesis, Faculty of Science > Department of Biology.

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Abstract

The robust australopithecines represent a very interesting branch in human evolution. Their development was directed towards the development of a strong system of chewing organs and the ability to survive on a diet of a far lesser quality than that of their more gracile cousins. Such adaptations served them through a vast period of time, but in the end such overspecialization turned out to be inefficient as it had many times before. In a contrast the ability of early hominids to get various foods, such as meat, by using tools, the robust australopithecines developed into a form similar to that of a gorilla. However, it would be wrong to consider them a failure. Although they did not mange to migrate from Africa and colonize the world, they succeeded in surviving 1.5 million years in their environment, which is much longer than most Homo species managed.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's thesis)
Supervisor: Kovačević, Goran
Date: 2012
Number of Pages: 15
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Biology
Depositing User: Silvana Šehić
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2014 10:37
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2014 10:37
URI: http://digre.pmf.unizg.hr/id/eprint/3119

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