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Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 1

Who published a landmark in the study of evolution?

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24 November 1859, when Charles darwin’s book on the origin of species was published, marked a landmark in the study of evolution.
Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 2

Primates are a category of what?

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Primates are a category of mammals.
Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 3

What was the subgroup of primates called that included apes?

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By about 24 mya, there emerged a subgroup amongst primates, called hominoids. This included apes.

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Hominids have evolved from what?

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Hominids have evolved from hominoids and share certain common features; there are significant differences as well.

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Which species have a smaller brain than hominids?

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Hominoids have a smaller brain than hominids.

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Hominids belong to a family known as what?

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Hominids belong to a family known as Hominidae, which includes all forms of human beings.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 7

What name comes from a Latin word, austral, meaning southern, and a greek word, pithekos, meaning ape?

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The name Australopithecus comes from a Latin word, austral, meaning southern, and a greek word, pithekos, meaning ape.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 8

Who directed archaeological excavations at Olduvai and Laetoli?

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Mary Leakey directed archaeological excavations at Olduvai and Laetoli and made some of the most exciting discoveries.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 9

What species migrated from east Africa to southern and northern Africa?

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As the finds in Asia belong to a later date than those in Africa, the genus homo is likely that hominids migrated from east Africa to southern and northern Africa, south and north-eastern Asia, perhaps to Europe, sometime between 2 and 1.5 mya.

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Where did hominids migrate to?

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Hominids migrated from east Africa to southern and northern Africa, south and north-eastern Asia, and perhaps to Europe, sometime between 2 and 1.5 mya.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 11

What is the name of the single region where modern humans originated from?

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Modern humans are due to their descent from a population that originated in a single region: Africa.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 12

What do scholars believe the physical differences observed today among modern humans are the result of?

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Scholars who hold this view suggest that today’s physical differences among modern humans are the result of adaptation (throughout thousands of years) by populations who migrated to the particular regions where they finally settled down.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 13

Where does evidence for caves and open-air sites come from?

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Evidence for this comes from sites in Europe.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 14

Humans may have possessed a small number of speech sounds in the initial stage. Gradually, these may have developed into what?

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Gradually, these may have developed into language.

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Who first noticed the paintings on the ceiling of the cave?

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The paintings on the ceiling of the cave were first brought to the attention of Marcelino Sanz Desautuola, a local landowner and an amateur archaeologist, by his daughter maria in November 1879.

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What was used instead of paint for the paintings in the cave?

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Paste rather than paint had been used for the paintings and became so enthusiastic that archaeologists could hardly speak.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 17

The act of painting could have been what to ensure a successful hunt?

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The act of painting could have been a ritual to ensure a successful hunt.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 18

When was the last ice age came to an end about?

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The last ice age came to an end about 13,000 years ago.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 19

Hadza relies for food mainly on which component?

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Hadza relies mainly on the wild vegetable matter for their food. As much as 80 percent of their food by weight is vegetables, meat, and honey; they account for the remaining 20 percent.

Test: From the Beginning of Time- 2 - Question 20

Female Figurines were known as

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Upper Palaeolithic female figurines are collectively described as "Venus figurines" in reference to the Roman goddess of beauty Venus.

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