Evolution to Extinction of Non-Human Primates

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Evolution to Extinction of Non-Human Primates During the Eocene epoch, 47,000,000 years ago, one of our ancestors lived in what is now Germany. She was still young, her baby teeth still intact and probably less than a year old. This little girl came to a lake’s edge for a drink of water; cupping the water with her hand she slowly drank the water while holding onto a branch with her other hand. Our ancestor died there when she was overcome by an underground gas bubble that erupted, the fumes leaving her unconscious; she fell into the water and drowned. Her body slowly drifted to the bottom of the lake with a myriad of other creatures. The lake where she was buried eventually filled with mud and algae that turned into oily shale…show more content…
She is considered a principle candidate as one of our ancestors. Another find, even older than Lucy, was a 4.4 million year old female Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed Ardi who was found in 1994 (Fossil discovery confirms “Lucy” walked upright). Ida, Lucy and Ardi are all significant links in understanding evolution. Through this type of fossil discovery, scientists have learned much about our ancestors. They feel privileged to study them and become attached to the non-human primates they find; they even give them names. Research studies of living non-human primates have provided a glimpse into their habitats and offers clues to the nature of this species and how it leads to humans. At the same time humans over consumption and abuse by the very primates related to Ida, Lucy and Ardi are forcing non-human primates into extinction today. Because of human interaction we are destroying our ancestors. Plants and animals on Earth have experienced evolution and extinction since the beginning of time. It is a natural event. In order to adapt, a species needs to be able to survive predators, find food, have a living space, live in the right climate and be able to reproduce. These are all natural processes that influence a species existence. There is another more serious factor that is not a natural occurrence, but is causing a more rapid
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