In this series, James Kidder provides an intriguing study on transitional fossils and the evolutionary history of modern humans. He begins by discussing the fossil record, explaining how new forms are classified. He then explains the physically distinguishing trait of humankind—bipedalism. From the discovery of Ardipithecus, the earliest known hominin, to the australopithecines, the most prolific hominin, Kidder focuses on the discovery, the anatomy, and the interpretation of these ancestral remains.
  • The Human Fossil Record, Part 1. The Nature of Transitional Fossils

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    The Human Fossil Record, Part 1. The Nature of Transitional Fossils | James Kidder

    It has become an article of faith for young earth creationists and intelligent design adherents that transitional fossils do not exist and therefore evolution has not taken place. Read More >

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  • The Human Fossil Record, Part 2: Bipedality

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    The Human Fossil Record, Part 2: Bipedality | James Kidder

    One of the most fruitful and exciting areas of research in palaeoanthropology is the search for the last common ancestor to the higher apes and humans. Read More >

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  • The Human Fossil Record, Part 3: The Discovery of Australopithecus

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    The Human Fossil Record, Part 3: The Discovery of Australopithecus | James Kidder

    Raymond Dart could only conclude that the creature walked upright, and he took the unusual step of calling the new find Australopithecus africanus or “Southern Ape Man from Afri... Read More >

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  • The Human Fossil Record, Part 8: Evolution in Early Homo

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    The Human Fossil Record, Part 8: Evolution in Early Homo | James Kidder

    So far, we have focused on early Homo remains in eastern Africa. Now we can turn our attention to the rest of the continent. Read More >

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  • The Human Fossil Record, Part 9: Out of Africa (The First Time)

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    The Human Fossil Record, Part 9: Out of Africa (The First Time) | James Kidder

    The appearance of this hominin this far north and at such an early date is striking because it suggests that an early form of Homo had learned to migrate long distances. Read More >

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  • The Human Fossil Record, Part 10a: Homo erectus in Asia

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    The Human Fossil Record, Part 10a: Homo erectus in Asia | James Kidder

    Up to this point, all human fossils had been found on the surface, eroding out of the side of a bank, or as a result of farming.    Read More >

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  • The Rise of Archaic Homo sapiens

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    The Rise of Archaic Homo sapiens | James Kidder

    Beginning around 600 to 700 thousand years ago, new hominin forms appear in the archaeological record, all having certain common characteristics distinct from Homo erectus. Read More >

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  • Archaic Homo Sapiens in East Asia, Part 1

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    Archaic Homo Sapiens in East Asia, Part 1 | James Kidder

    It has become an article of faith for those espousing both the young earth creation model and many who hold to the intelligent design model that transitional fossils do not exist. &n... Read More >

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  • Archaic Homo Sapiens in East Asia, Part 2

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    Archaic Homo Sapiens in East Asia, Part 2 | James Kidder

    The genetic link between archaics and moderns throughout Eurasia was further supported by the work of Green et al., who presented a genetic sequence of Neandertal DNA.    Read More >

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  • The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 1

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    The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 1 | James Kidder

    The Neandertals reached the height of their culture during one of the coldest time periods in history: the Würm glaciation.  Read More >

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  • The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 2

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    The Rise of the Neandertals, Part 2 | James Kidder

    Another aspect of Neandertal existence that sheds light on their situation is the evidence that they buried their dead in ways that suggested an understanding of what death means. &n... Read More >

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  • The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 2

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    The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 2 | James Kidder

    The amount of effort that has been placed on European palaeoanthropology in the last 200 years has resulted in a wealth of hominin material relating to modern humans  Read More >

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  • The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 3

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    The Origin of Modern Humans: The Fossil Evidence, Part 3 | James Kidder

    One thing is clear from this survey: the earliest sites with modern human remains have been securely dated to greater than 150,000 years ago.   Read More >

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