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  • Fossils - 1,296 words
    On Saturday 12th 2000, my family and I went on a float trip on the Huzzah River in Steelville, Missouri. The Huzzah River and its surroundings were a perfect location for me to look for my fossil. Since the water level was shallow, that enabled me to look to the river bottom. Almost immediately after I began my search near the edge of the river, I spotted a rock that appeared to have some sort of shell embedded in it. I decided this would be a good specimen for me to try to examine and identify. After returning from our float trip on Sunday, I spent some time trying to locate and identify the rock I had found in the books I had checked out of the library. After some searching through the boo ...
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  • Fossils - 512 words
    Fossils are amazing how they are formed. The process is fossilization. I was surprised to discover that a series of mistakes must happen in order for a fossil to be created. First some living creatures must die and must some how escape the scavengers that have a roll in the food chain. The once living has to then become entombed in mud and sand. The shroud must lie undisturbed for years so that mineralization can take place in which the tissue or cast gets filled in with sediment. Then this body turns to stone. The scientists that study these relics are called paleontologist. Dates in paleontology are usually revised backward in time, since a new find may revise an event earlier then what wa ...
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  • Signifance Of Anthropology And Archaeology - 1,521 words
    Anthropologists and Archaeologists Anthropologists and archaeologists have influenced our lives in so many ways. They have taken us back to our most humble beginnings. They have given us an awareness of just how far we have come through the centuries. Archaeology is the investigating of life by unearthing and interpreting the objects left behind by earlier peoples and cultures, dating back to prehistoric times. Anthropology is the scientific study of hominids, their physical features, development, and behavior. Anthropology is broken into two parts: physical and sociocultural. Physical is concerned with human evolution and biology and the study of primates. Sociocultural anthropology investi ...
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  • Multiregionalism Vs Out Of Africa - 1,033 words
    Anthropologists today are debating two sides to the story of the evolution of the modern human Homosapian sapian. The sides agree on two different theories called the Out of Africa theory and the Multiregional (or Candelabra) theory. The debate, which some may call a slanderous argument, is far from being resolved on either side. Both evolutionist sides have strong evidence, however, this evidence does have its flaws and is not accurate enough to prove one side over another. However, the arguments for the Out of Africa theory seem to be flawed far more than those of the Multiregional theory. The Multiregional theory states that the hominid H. erectus. Migrated out of Africa through the north ...
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  • Human Origins - 1,011 words
    For years, the evolution of human beings has been researched and studied. In today's society, there are many different interpretations on creation and how humans came to be what they are today. Through much scientific evidence and studies, there is now physical proof that human beings may have evolved from ape-like creatures. Even with this, there are still disputes in the paleoanthropological field of whether or not this is true. Still, many choose to believe their religious creation stories where a God created humans. Whether it is Johanson's idea on human evolution or Leakey's or even the Roman Catholic's creation story, all are an individual own interpretation and neither wrong nor right ...
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  • Early Civilizations - 2,398 words
    EARLY CIVILIZATIONS AND THE DAWN OF THE MEDIEVAL AGE History is an account of man's achievements during the last five thousand years. Though man has been on this planet for about 500,000 years, history only covers a part of this period. The reason for this is that history is essentially based on written documents However the art of writing become known to man, only after 3000 B. C. 1.1 History : Meaning and Importance The word 'history' is derived from the Greek noun 'historia' meaning 'inquiry or research.' Aristotle regarded it as a "systematic account of a set of natural phenomena, whether or not chronological ordering was a factor in the account." The term "history" has now come to be ap ...
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  • Human Evolution - 1,687 words
    Human Evolution: the water theory. Elaine Morgan The crucial question about human evolution is why humans differ so strikingly from the African apesdespite their close genetic relationship. Most Darwinists would agree that such differences are usually attributable to differing environmental pressures; and hence that our ancestors at some stage probably occupied a significantly different habitat from the ancestor of the gorilla and the chimpanzee. For the last half-century it has been generally assumed that it was a much drier habitat. Alister Hardy's suggestion in 1960 that it might have been a much wetter one was intuitively and almost unanimously rejected. Primates were said to have an inn ...
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  • Human Evolution - 1,589 words
    ... y requirements of its growing brain continues to devote roughly 70% of its growth potential to increasing this fat deposit, reaching peak adiposity of around 25% of its body mass by the age of nine months. These facts would not be predicted. either as part of the inheritance from early arboreal ancestors nor as adaptations to a life on the plains of Africa. One suggested explanation stressed the need of storing energy against possible food shortages, as in hibernating mammals. But the fat in humans is not seasonal, and it is hard to see why natural selection in the hominids would have given priority to food storage in a savanna habitat where speed seems to have been the prime requiremen ...
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  • Evolution A Theory - 1,127 words
    A basic argument used by creationists is that evolution is "only a theory and cannot be proven." This creationist argument is based on the false assumption that the only way to "prove" evolution is for someone to actually observe large evolutionary changes, for example birds evolving from dinosaurs. Since this can't be accomplished in a few lifetimes, creationists claim that "proving" evolution is impossible. This argument totally ignores the enormous amount of factual data that supports the position that present life forms are descended from primitive ancestors. Whether evolution is true or not depends on a careful and rational examination of the facts. A fact is something that is supported ...
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  • Darwins Theory Of Evolution - 1,207 words
    ... nd obscurity. Today, the name of Lamarck is associated merely with a discredited theory of heredity, the "inheritance of acquired traits." However, Charles Darwin, Lyell, Haeckel, and other early evolutionists acknowledged him as a great zoologist and as a forerunner of evolution. Would Lamark have agreed with Darwin? That is the question. Since Lamarck belived that creatures willed themselves to change, he would have felt that the moths felt the need to change. He may have supported natural selction but only in the case that the moths knew that they had to change to survive. Darwin belived that it was a natural process that took place over time, throught many generations. The fossil rec ...
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  • Proof Of Evolution - 1,235 words
    Evolution is a fairly simple idea. A broad definition of it is Species change over time. Evolutionary theory is supported by a huge body of evidence, including the fossil record and observation of organisms alive today. That is the reason it is embraced by most mainstream scientists. Theologists, whose arguments are based totally on faith, base their theories on fiction not proven fact. Faith, being belief that isn't based on evidence, is the principal vice of any religion. And who, looking at Northern Ireland or the Middle East, can be confident that faith is not exceedingly dangerous? One of the stories told to the young Muslim suicide bombers is that martyrdom is the quickest way to heave ...
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  • Effects Of Media On People - 1,498 words
    Media nowadays is considered a window for learning and is also considered to be our main window to the world. Media has evolved from simple text in papers, to voices in radios, to voices with pictures in television and movies, to the very broad and information packed Internet. But as we all know, media has changed and evolved since then. Media then was primarily used to deliver news across the town and to beef up the people with the information they need for their everyday life. Then, newspaper was the only form of media until radio came into the picture. When radio came it became the most popular form of media. Then when television was born, it replaced radios and people turn to television ...
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  • Employment In Geology - 520 words
    There are many fields of geology that each focus on minute details and problems. Though the focus may vary, the relation to geology on a whole is closely intertwined. I will graduate as part of the Spring 2000 class with a degree in elementary education. I feel that with my interest in geology, planning my lessons in this area will be simple. There are some themes in geology that hold precedence over others, such as geomorphology, and astrogeology. I feel that incorporating these topics with lessons will not only be informative but interesting. To a great extent, history must first materialize to give us the facts we have today. Geomorphology derives from Greek words meaning Earth and form. ...
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  • Snakes - 1,834 words
    There are many different species of animals roaming the earth these days. Some live on land and some live in bodies of water such a oceans or seas. They all look different and behave in different and unusual ways. Some use legs to move and other use fins however there are also species which nature didn't give the gift of these body parts. These animals are called snakes and today we will be looking at these extraordinary animals, especially the ones located near our homes right here in North America. Snakes belong to a group of animals known as reptiles. They are classified among other creatures such as lizards, turtles, and crocodilians. The ancestors of our modern snakes and lizards appear ...
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  • Leonardo Renaissance Man - 1,935 words
    The great turning point of Western civilization called the Renaissance, the rebirth of literature, art, architecture, and philosophy in Europe, marked the emergence of the modern world from the dark ages (Aston 11). The Renaissance caused educated Europeans to develop new attitudes about themselves and the world around them. This intellectual cultural awaking influenced European thinking by a concept of humanism, which emphasized the worth of an individual (Aston 12). This attention given to the development of an individuals potential during the Renaissance brought with it a new emphasis on education. The people of the Renaissance believed a person should not be bound to one specific discipl ...
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  • The Human And Dolphin Relationship - 1,446 words
    The voice of the dolphin in the air is like that of the human in that they can pronounce vowels and combinations of vowels, but have difficulties with the consonants (Aristotle internet). The communication between dolphins can only be described scientifically and historically. The true nature of how dolphins communicate with one another and possibly with other species is something only known to the dolphin. It is an evolving, complex mystery we are only now starting to grasp the significance of. Eventually it may be possible for humans to speak with other species. I have come to this conclusion after careful consideration of evidence gained through my research experiments with dolphins (John ...
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  • Evolution - 1,092 words
    In Namibia, where the rock record is excellent, Vendian fossils are followed immediately by Cambrian fossils, and they may have overlapped briefly in time. In Siberia, a whole suite of small shelly fossils appears in the rocks as the Cambrian period begins, together with sponges of several different types. Most of the small shells are tiny cones and tubes that we don't understand properly, but at least some of them are complex animals, including the first molluscs. Soon, archaeocyathid sponges were forming reef patches. These are dramatic changes that reflect rapidly evolving life. New research pegs the base of the Cambrian at about 543 Ma, and the world's fauna was completely revolutionized ...
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  • Cheetah Endangered Species - 471 words
    The cheetah originated about 4 million years ago. The oldest fossils place it in what is now Texas, Nevada and Wyoming. It was common throughout Asia, Africa, Europe. All cheetah in Europe and most of those in Asia and Africa vanished. This "bottleneck", as theorized, led to the present state of cheetah genetics: all cheetah alive today appear to be as closely related as identical twins. A unique factor of the cheetah is that it reaches up to speeds of 110 km/hr (68 Mph). African Cheetah (A. jubatus) ~ red area Asiatic Cheetah (A. j. venaticus) ~ green area Range today are now commonly found only in sub-Saharan Africa. Their range includes sparse sub-desert, steppe, medium and long-grass pla ...
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  • Anthro - 782 words
    Anthropology is the scientific and humanistic study of the human species; it attempts to answer questions to try and solve them; questions of where humans came from, the current status of our species and where we will be in the future. Anthropology is a holistic study in other words it studies our entire being past to future, from genetics to culture. Culture is distinctly human, it is traditions and customs, transmitted through learning, that governs the beliefs and behavior of the people exposed to it. Every society and group of peoples has their own culture. The origins of the field of anthropology, started due to the fact that there was really no other social science that focused and dea ...
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  • Charles Darwin - 1,790 words
    Charles Darwin and the Development and impact of the Theory of Evolution by Natural and Sexual Selection It is commonly thought today that the theory of evolution originated from Darwin in the nineteenth century. However, the idea that species mutate over time has been around for a long time in one form or another. Therefore, by Darwins time the idea that species change from one type into another was by no means new, but was rejected by most because the proponents of evolution could not come up with a satisfactory mechanism that would explain this change. The most influential evolutionary theories prior to Darwin were those of Lamarck and Geoffroy St. Hilaire, developed between 1794 and 1830 ...
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