Need help with my Writing question – I’m studying for my class.
1) Some fossils, such as Australopithecus sediba, demonstrate that evolution is mosaic, meaning that species often have a combination of ancestral and new traits.
a) How would this fossil material be interpreted if only the arm bones were found?
b) How would this fossil material be interpreted if only the pelvis were found?
c) Based on this example, what problems do paleoanthropologists face when trying to interpret the fragmentary fossil record?
d) In your opinion, what is the most difficult issue (e.g. money for excavation, travel, taphonomy and erosion, etc.) to overcome in interpreting the fossil record and why?
2) Why do you think Neanderthals have historically been portrayed as brutish, violent, and unintelligent? What evidence from the video would you use to dispute this view?