Topics: Male, Teeth, Sex Pages: 3 (828 words) Published: March 7, 2013
Primate socio-ecology varies and has different determinants that decide many different characteristics. As a virtual paleontologist, we discovered two different sites and skeletal remains in Kenya and deductively reasoned their mating habits, group size, and several other characteristics about the Praeanthropus dimorphicus and the Praeanthropus monomorphicus with what I know about primate socio-ecology. Based on my prior knowledge, logic, and reasoning, by looking at skeletal remains we are able to deduce many different features included in primate socio-ecology for these two different species that include: group size, diet, mating system, habitat, and finally ranging behavior and territoriality. From the first site we can infer certain characteristics and features with the knowledge we have presented to us about the hominin species Praeanthropus dimorphicus. We know about the teeth, size ratio of males to females, and predation pressures. As folivores, high cusps and shearing crests are ideal for cutting and grinding leaves when masticating, and having thin tooth enamel creates sharp edges that aid the slicing of the leaves. The Praeanthropus dimorphicus’ habitat would have likely been surrounded by leaves and open land (explains wildebeests and zebras), creating an abundant supply and therefore a fairly equal food resource distribution. However, leaves would have likely been the fall back food for this species, and preferred foods would include more nutrients, like that in insects or fruits. This diet directly correlates to the ranging behavior and territoriality that is exhibited in the wild. Since leaves are an abundant source of food, territorial bounds would have been close since their food was so relative to their homes. It was given to us that this species was large enough that they didn’t face predation pressures as a selective force. It’s possible that since they dealt with minimal to no predation pressure (not true everywhere), they could have been...
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