Question part one: What are the categories of evidence (presented in the video and readings) that support the classification of any given species of hominid?
The categories of evidence that support the classification of any given species of hominid is a kneeing-in bone formation, S curved spine, bipedalism, larger brain, teeth begin to have larger molars and the spinal cord is in the middle of the head as compared to the end.
Question part two: Find a media article (from a newspaper, magazine etc.) from the last few years that discusses the discovery of a new hominid species. What supporting evidence is provided in this article? How is it similar or different to the way the evidence is presented in your lecture material? Why you do think this is the case?
On September 10, 2015 an article was posted on the discovery of a new species in the human lineage named Homo Naledi. The species was found when two cavers named Rick Hunter and Steven Tucker discovered a cave and inside the cave they found fossils which they then told geologist Dr. Berger who took a research team to identify the species. Eventually Berger and his research team entered the cave and collected nearly 15 individuals from this species and announced it to the world. The age of the fossil has not been able to be identified yet due to the distorted sediment deposits. The fossil was identified as a new species because the cave was discovered to be no older than 3 million years old, so it put this species in the category of Hominoid as compared to Australopithecus because of the many different features found in the bones such as the jaws, teeth and feet are more similar to humans. The main difference between how they collected the evidence between this new species and what we learned in the lecture is that the bones were identified by the kneeing in bones showing that the species had the ability to walk, also they used dental records in order to find identify which species it is and that’s how they were able to identify Homo Naledi.