Graduation Year


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Biological and Physical Sciences

Program or Major

Health Sciences

Faculty Advisor

Steven Theroux


Evolution, Modern, Human, Behaviors, Morals


Between eight and six million years ago there existed a common ancestor linking the human species with their great ape relatives. Following the arrival of this organism, a lineage of several different human species began to emerge around two to three million years ago in Africa. These species included Homo rudolfensis, Homo habilis, Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Homo floresiensis, Homo heidelbergensis, Homo neanderthalensis, and Homo sapiens. By analyzing these species and the great ape relatives through literary research, it is possible to begin to investigate the potential role of evolution in constructing modern human behaviors and morals.

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