Early homo erectus : one or more species

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dc.contributor.advisor Bowers, Evelyn J. en_US
dc.contributor.author Gavronski, Eric J. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:40:44Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:40:44Z
dc.date.created 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2005 .G38 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/188019
dc.description.abstract Paleoanthropology has been beset by controversies concerning the number of hominid species at any given time. This thesis examines the case for one or more species from the time of early H. erectus using the biological and evolutionary species concepts as frames of reference. To accomplish this task, measurements were made on casts of African and Asian fossil hominid skulls with previously published data used as both a control and a supplement. Due to the fragmentary nature of the data and the small sample size, principle components analysis was used to create a usable data set. Linear regression was then used to calculate mean differences between the African and Asian fossil samples for PC 1 (a derived factor denoted overall cranial size) and XCB (maximum cranial breadth). This data was then compared to that of 28 pair-wise comparisons of eight modem human populations from the same general regions as the fossils. Since a number of these comparisons had mean differences greater or equal to that of the fossils, the finding are suggestive of the fossils all being from the same species, Homo erectus.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Anthropology
dc.format.extent vi, 110 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Homo erectus -- Speciation. en_US
dc.title Early homo erectus : one or more species en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1313635 en_US

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