Having recently published one piece of my Masters’ coursework on this blog, the time feels right to share the other fruits of my intensive one-year taught programme! What use, after all, is my work when it simply resides on the hard-drive of my laptop? Better surely to bring it to light like a long-buried hominin fossil?!
As such, the coming days on The Human Story will be characterised by a number of 3000-word postings that constitute the essays, reports and critiques that I completed during my MSc in Palaeoanthropology at the University of Sheffield. Each is the product of two or more week’s hard graft spent toiling through pulse-racing primary literature!
The first article in the series was produced for a module entitled Evolutionary Primatology. This review paper examines the evolution of the primates (including specific lineages) amidst the ever-changing structure of the earth’s land masses and continents aka biogeography.
Bipedalism (the ability to walk on two feet) is the focus of the second installment which acted as a critical component to another module, Human Osteology. This essay looks in closer detail at the human skeleton to identify the evolutionary signatures of our upright stance and posture. Using the Great Apes and extinct hominins as comparative specimens, the nature of the musculoskeletal (muscular and skeletal) changes that occurred during human evolution is revealed.
Beware readers and prospective Palaeo’ students – correctly cite the above content and for personal use only! I have posted these articles as a good gesture. They should be used as reference material for obtaining background information. As a guide, citing any works published on a blog looks decidedly dodgy on any piece of post A-level, university work. Even a mildly competent plagiarising screen will discover your copy and pasting naughtiness.