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What did freeing the hands due to bipedalism allow to happen in human evolution?

Brain size and dexterity developed as early hominins were able to manipulate objects to increase their efficiency


What is the order of stone tools and when were they found?

Oldowan - 2.5 MYA
Acheulian - 1.5 MYA
Mousterian - 150,000
Upper paleolithic - 50,000


What is the tool called that was used 2.5 mya? How many blows did it take to make and what is the related species?

Oldowan tools, it took 6 blows approximately to make and homo habilis is the related species


What is the tools that were used 1.5 million years ago, how many blows did it take to make and who were the related species?

Acheulian is the second tool culture to come about. It took about 50 blows to make and the related species were Homo Erectus, Homo Heildelbergensis and Homo Ergaster


What was the stone culture used 150,000 years ago, how many blows did it take to make and who were the related species?

Mousterian tool culture was used around this time. They used the Levallois technique and took about 150 blows to make the tools. The related species are the Homo Nearnerthalensis, early modern Homo Sapiens and some late archaic humans


What are hunter gatherers identical biologically? And what did they do?

They're identical to modern humans and were extremely resourceful, they travelled in small family groups and collected food as they travelled


When did the glaciers melt from the ice age? How did this affect gathering food?

11,000 years ago they melted and the climate warmed. Plants grew more effienctly and the homo sapiens that had dispersed went looking for the best place where food was plentiful. There was a Fertile Crescent in the middle east that allowed for effiencnt growth of crops which they could use


How did the Fertile Crescent affect the way homo sapiens traveled?

The need for travelling was reduced as a family could harvest wheat and barley for 3 weeks and have enough food for an entire year. This meant settlements could be made as they didnt need to travel to find food anymore


How did agriculture affect the cultural (2 points) and biological evolution (1 point) of Homo sapiens?

Cultural -

There was a surplus of grains available so the small family groups turend into larger groups as they could feed more people. There was a division of labour as well.

Biological -

The grains didnt have as much nutrition as the hunter gatherers diet because of the lower protein intake, skeletal evidence shows they were more malnourished and smaller than hunter gatherers, even though there was a high calories diet.


Agriculture increased the quantity and eventually the quality of food and diet. What affects did this have on Homo Sapiens? Give 4 points

They were healthier and their life expectancy increased. There was a lower rate of injury therefor population growth.


What did the surplus of feed mean for hominids? One point

Trade occurred because there was a surplus therefore a currency was created.


What was Homo Erectus the first species to do?

Manipulate fire


How did Homo Erectus manipulate fire most likely?

They could make fire themselves, it was most likely they lit a torch from a bush fire caused by lightning and used that to cook their food and create warmth


When is the earliest signs of fire usage?

1.5 million years ago by homo erectus most likely


How did the cultural evolution of fire making interact with biological evolution of homo erectus?

Because homo erectus could cook food using fire, this meant food was softer and easier to chew, therefore rather than spending 4-5 hours a day chewing food, it took minutes. This interacted with the biological evolution of the endocranial features of no longer needing large jaw muscles and muscles to support it. This freed up more brain space to develop other parts of the brain


Who was the first species to bury their dead? And what does this mean?

Homo neaderthalensis were, which means they had spritual understanding and took part in rituals


Give 4 points on what the advantages of burying the deceased were

1. Burying with artefacts means that they may have believed in afterlife, this shows abstract thought and the beginning of religion

2. Burying the deceased meant the carcuses wouldnt be left to attract predators and possibly attacking the hominins as well

3. If those deceased had diseases or illness, having them buried meant that the live hominins wouldn't risk catching the disease which means the overall survival increased

4. The burial required a ritual, which increases social bonding in the group.


What was an advantage of hunting more efficentley

There was less time spent hunting therefore other skills could be developed such as painting


What were 3 benefits of art?

Group development
Sense of identity
Cultural information passed onto generations


What were oldowan tools made out of? How much planning did they need?

Pebbles and quartzite. The required little to no planning


What tool is bifaced? (Two sides to the edge, requires more time and planning)

Archulian tools


What are the three benefits that cooked protein from animals gave hominins and who was the first species to discover fire? (And be associated with acheulian tool culture)

Food became softer to chew so jaw muscles were reduced

Protein rich foods gave more energy to feed the large brain

Fire killed the bacteria from the meat, therefore reducing the deaths due to diseases, leading to greater survival and transmission of ideas

Homo erectus was the first species to cook food.


What were the likely effects of fire useage of the biological evolution of hominins - three points (this is for excellence)



Describe the lifestyle of a hunter gatherer

Hunter-gatherers were most likely nomadic, spending large proportions of their time searching for and collecting plant foods, hunting animals or scavenging carcases. Groups moved as resources changed, including both seasonal growth and migration of prey species.


Describe the lifestyle of a farmer

Agriculture (farming) would have involved a different way of life, from mobile and transient, to a settlement life, building permanent structures, domesticating animals, and cultivating crop plants.


Why did hunter gatherer transition into farmers? 5 points

continuous food supply

Control of the breeding of certain plants by selective breeding.

Development of permanent settlement sites including shelters / storing food / containing animals / deforestation.

An indication of trend towards greater division of labour / specialisation of skills / trade and commerce.

Increase in human settlement size due to greater safety / better protection from climate / more consistent supply of higher quality food.


What was the oldowan tools used for and what was the adaptive advantage?

Oldowan tools were partly shaped and required 6 blows to make. The core stones and flakes were used for bashing bone marrow from carcuses and the flakes used for peeling skin.

The adaptive advantage is it allowed homo habilis to scavenge for food that other species couldnt and provided protein and fat for brain development


What were acheulian tools used for and what was the adaptive advantage?

Acheulian tools were fully shaped and required about 50 blows to make. They were bifaced and homo erectus used them to dig roots, hack tree branches and the flakes allowed them to scrape and cut animals. They adaptive advantage is they provided defence and more food as they were more specialised


What were mousterian tools used for and what was the adaptive advantage?

Mousterian tools were more diverse in functions. They required about 150 blows therefore the blades were sharper and they were more specialised. Basic clothing could be created with these tools so neanderthanensis had an adaptive advantage to survive in the cold ice age


What were upper paleolithic tools used for and what was the adaptive advantage?

These tools were more refined and required up to 250 blows to make. They were more specialised and used a variety of materials such as bone, ivory and antler. This allowed tools to be used to hunt such as fish hooks so homo sapiens could have a more diverse diet. Needles and thread could be made which allowed them to create shelter and clothing, an adaptive advantage to cononise new areas.