Anthropology: On Human Evolutionary Studies

Why do you think chimpanzees are frequently held up as a good model for understanding human evolution? What morphological and behavioral similarities might they have with early hominids?

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...ists new insights to the behaviors of the earliest hominids. There are number of morphological and behavioral similarities they chimpanzees have with early hominids:

Morphological Similarities
? dental structure,
? thick enamel,
? shoulder blade structure,
? thick posterior palate,
? single incisive foramen,
? high estriol production,
? beard and mustache.

Behavioural Similarities
? Earlier hominids were hunting small mammals as chimpanzees do today and that the role that hunting played in the early hominids' social lives was probably as complex and political as it is in the social lives of ...