One of the most important hominin traits that we cannot ignore that is closely related to modern human biology are the bipedal legs of hominins. Because of this trait, it is why humans are bipedal specimens as well. What really stood out to me was the large big toe on the ardipithecus ramidus. This hominin was said to be located in Afar Depression of Middle Awash River Valley in Ethiopia, Africa. Most of its features are derived from human like features thus making them closely related to humans. It is the big toe of the ardi ramidus that has contributed to the evolutionary change of humans walking today. Its toe was described as a graping big toe to be exact. The importance of this is that it is known to offer stability to this species. Thus, humans have feet and two large big toes that probably are that way due to the ardipithecus ramidus having big toes. Though through evolution it has more than likely evolved to fit that of a human. Another trait that stood out to me, that I personally resonate with, are the canine teeth. Mine happen to be very prominent and sharp as described and pictured for this hominin. I was not aware of how important canines are, especially for us, humans, who are carnivores. Helping us to Depending on the hominin, prominence and size of canines vary. I think these traits are important to understand as humans because they continue to enlighten us of how closely similar we are to early hominins.
Hominin diversity has affected human evolution because as we viewed in lecture, some hominins walked using their knuckles while others were bipedal, or walked on their feet. Their diversity has also contributed to the difference is brain size and the way teeth are formed in humans through evolution. By this, we share a common ancestry with the ardi ramidus that has contributed to human evolution and through diversity amongst humans, we thus have the same diversity that can be related to how diverse hominins are.
Using fossilized remains, anthropologists can learn much about our past. Fossil remains allow anthropologists to answer questions such as which bones are likely to fossilize? What happens to plants and animals once they die? How have these bones or fossils been manipulated? Manipulation can occur through natural disasters or human involvement with the remains. Thus, using this same technique, anthropologists can determine the cause of death of a human, how long they may have been dead, and possibly the area, depending on the sediments present in the fossil remains, where the cause of death took place. Because humans share a common ancestry with hominins and their remains also fossilize in the same way, this in turn helps anthropologists studying the skeletal human remains. In short, I believe that the ardi ramidus should be discussed more at the college level as it is closely related to humans. When we here about bipedal legs on hominins we share a common ancestry with, it is a very broad topic and not specifically associated with a specific type of hominin.