In this article, we discuss the question “What is a species?”. It’s a concept you’ve probably already heard of, and you’ll probably have no trouble identifying a few species, even if their Latin names escape you. However, what seems simple at first glance is in fact not so simple at all, especially when you look at it from a paleoanthropological perspective. But remember one thing: species don’t exist, but the notion of species does.
Who were the first representatives of the human lineage? This issue is far from resolved. Three groups of fossils are vying for the coveted position of oldest known Hominin: Sahelanthropus tchadensis, better known as Toumaï, Orrorin tugenensis and Ardipithecus.
In this article, we propose to familiarize you with the different modes of locomotion in primates and what they imply in terms of locomotor adaptations. This is an essential subject if you want to understand the debates surrounding the evolution of Hominins, particularly those concerning bipedalism.
We’re primates! Do you know the characteristics of the order to which we belong? It’s important to understand what a primate is, as well as the classification of this order, in order to better understand the debates animating the scientific community. Did you know, for example, that some primates are not monkeys?
Exceptionally, in this article we go back to well before the appearance of the first Hominins to discuss the origins of life! Why? The aim is not to give you an exhaustive account of the history of life, but simply to put prehistory into perspective on the scale of the geological time period of our planet. Because the history of life does not begin with us.