Human Evolution

Role Of Tools In Human Evolution
According to archeological and physical record, tool use has had an enormous
effect in the transformation of proto humans into modern humans. What stimulated
tool use was the proto humans intrest in new and easier ways to do things. With
the introduction of tools, body morphology changed and reproductive fitness
increased. Evolution did not happened over night. It took 4.5 million years for
humans to get where they are today. Scientists have concluded that about 3.5
million years ago, there was the first proto human. A proto human resembles
extinct hominid populations that had some but not all the features of a modern
homo sapien. Such features were prolonged moments of bipedality, change in the
pelvis and the reduction of the sagittal crest. (Diamond 1992 pg 34) In order
for this proto human to evolve into a human, it needed tools. Some of the tools
might have been discovered by accident or by early creative geniuses? The way
they discovered the tools is unknown, but the changes the tools made were to the
physical morphology and the body behavior. They began to walk upright, gathered
supplies, cut food, and used weapons.(Diamond 1992 pg. 40) About 3 million years
ago, after generations of learning how to use these tools, the hominid came out
of the trees, and stayed mostly on the ground. The animal had an abundance of
food and water and lived in a population of; on the ground proto-human animals.

Some adapted to ground life and started to become bipedal, but more than half of
them stayed on all fours. The bipedal hominids vision increased, making it able
to see and do more. It obtained the ability to use weapons more effectively and
efficiently because it had arms with agility. It found all the good meat and
valued resources then eventually took over the whole community. Soon after the
bipedal creatures gained control the hominids on four legs die off, precisely
because they could not evolve quickly enough and produce healthy, if any,
offspring. The bipedal community grew into the hundreds and thousands. Tough,
healthy, and agile hominids, the strong survived and the females produced
healthy offspring which is called reproductive fitness. The mouth became smaller
and the brain increased in size. More brains equaled better tools, which lead to
a faster, more efficient evolution.(Diamond 1992 pg 12) According to the bone
and fossil evidence that I have learned, this is my interpretation how evolution
might have happened. When a species develops tools, many things can a will
change. The definition of a tool is, performing or facilitating mechanical
operations.(Websters Ninth New Dictionary) Take for instance a hominid that
walks on all four limbs. How easy would it be for a hominid, without agile arms,
to mechanically operate a tool? It would be very difficult. This type of
arboreal hominid, probably lives in a tree, swings from the branches, vision is
not great, and is mostly a vegetarian. After the proto human began to walk on
two feet there hands became free and moveable. Now give this hominid a sharp
stick or a blunt object, practice as how to properly use it, and pg 3 maybe arm
agility. Then over time (about 3 to 2.5 mya) the animal becomes a hunter, being
able to strike a predator, protect, and gain control over resources. In the
movie 2001 Space Odyssey,(Anthropology 100 9/5/97) Stanley Kubrick gives his
interpretation on how we evolve. The movie shows groups of stem-primate type
creatures who represent early proto-human communities. The creatures begin to
explore their environment finding resources and developing new ways to do
things. The communities battled other primate communities for the natural
resources in their environment. One of the primates begins to break some objects
with a bone it picked up. The primate then realizes that this bone can do major
damage. When one community learns to use bones as weapons, then that group can
take over the resources in a certain area and be selected for, which increases
reproductive fitness. This scenario could have happened but the truth is nobody
knows exactly how and why things turned out the way they did. Not just hominids
use tools. Wood-peckers, vultures and sea otters are among the other animal
species that evolved by using tools to capture food, but these creatures are not
as heavily dependant as we are.(Diamond 1992 pg 36) Without tools evolution
might have taken much longer. Tools had a major affect on teeth, hair, behavior,
and even language.(Diamond 1992 pg 12) When

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