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Human evolution

Otherwise known as anthropogeny; anything of or relating to the study of the origin and evolution of Homo sapiens as a distinct species from other hominids, great apes and placental mammals.

Contributors in Human evolution

Human evolution

petrous pyramid

Archaeology; Human evolution

The petrous portion of the temporal bone is the pyramid-shaped process that extends across the cranial base, housing the internal ear.

monohybrid cross

Archaeology; Human evolution

A cross between two individuals that are both heterozygous for the same pair of alleles (e.g., Aa x Aa). By extension, the term also refers to crosses involving the purebreeding parents that differ ...

genetic recombination

Archaeology; Human evolution

A process by which parents with different genetic characters give rise to progeny so that genes in which the parents differed are associated in new combinations. For example, from A B to a b the ...


Archaeology; Human evolution

An enzyme that catalyzes the degradation of a nucleic acid by breaking phosphodiester bonds. Nucleases specific for DNA are termed deoxyribonucleases (DNases), and nucleases specific for RNA are ...


Archaeology; Human evolution

In kinship terminologies, the siblings of lineal relatives (parents, grandparents) and their descendants.

gene marker

Archaeology; Human evolution

See genetic marker.

medullary cavity

Archaeology; Human evolution

The hollow or marrow-filled center of long bones.

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