Human Origins Glossary

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Adaptation
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Australopith
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Bipedal
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Brow ridge
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Calcareous
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Catalogue number
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Cerebral cortex
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Cerebrum
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Chromosome
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Contemporaneous
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Core
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Cranial
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Cranium
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Cytoplasm
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Dental microwear
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Diastema
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Domestication
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Endocast
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Environmental variability hypothesis
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Evolution
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Field number
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Flake
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Foramen magnum
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Foraminifera
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Fossil
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Frontal lobe
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Gene
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Genera
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Genome
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Greenhouse gases
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Hammerstone
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Holotype
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Hominid
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Hominin
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Humerofemoral index
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Hypothesis
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In situ
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Lithic
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Lumbar
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Megadont
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Metabolism
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Microcephaly
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Miocene
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Mitochondria
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Molecular
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Mutation
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Natural selection
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Neocortex
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Neolithic
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Neural
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Nucleus
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Pleistocene
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Pliocene
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Post-cranial
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Primates
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Prognathic
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Sagittal crest
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Sagittal keel
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Sexual dimorphism
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Sexually dimorphic
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Species
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Stratigraphic layer
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Type specimen
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Zygomatic arch
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