EDST 391: H. sapiens: What does it mean to be “human”?


Assignment for Day 4

Reading for Day 4

Writing assignment; you will turn this in

  1. Much of the chapter described the tradeoffs--the interdependent changes--that are required for a species to evolve a bigger brain. Please describe the major tradeoffs involved. They may be developmental and behavioral as well as physiological.
  2. This interdependent evolution of a whole suite of species-typical traits is often referred to as the species' "life history." If we look at humans from this perspective, what makes Homo sapiens sapiens distinct from other species?

Not to turn in, but be prepared to discuss:

Guidance: How long should written answers be?