Sunday, 16 October 2011

KEEP CALM AND GO TO HISTORY CLUB

I've recently created a new blog for my school's history club! Being the president/leader of this history club, I decided to do this in order to communicate and connect with the club members, and teach them some world history online instead of giving lectures only on a weekly basis.

Here is the link to the blog.
http://wci-history-club.blogspot.com/

I hope you enjoy reading it, and hopefully follow it too. As of now, I only have three posts in it. These three are about: information about the history club, Columbus day, and a new potential human ancestor discovered - Australopithecus ramidus (a missing link?).

Metamorphosis of Life



 This is just a poem I wrote for my English AP class. Hope you enjoy it.


Life
is-like a
CATerPILLar, piller, pillar, piller..,

You-begin-as-a
small,
deformed,
image that reflects your
potential,
enlightened,
self,

You commence to
eat,
grow,
consume other beings,
all,
to,
self.

You finally start, after.
Leeching.
Crawling.
You've grown to adolescence,
you-begin-to-con-SEAL
yourself..

Hiding...
In...
Shame.

Break-ing our of the womb,
this is your sec-ond time again.
You have grown older,
you reappear....

Life
is-like a
BUTterFLY...

Wing-Ed wings of triumph,
oh, how've_you've_becomed.
Wings spanning eons.
eons. eons.

The colour of your wings
represent
your life. GLORY!

Isn't the saying true,

Life
is-like a
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My poem was inspired by a popular anime, Turn A Gundam. Here's the ending theme song for the anime, Tsuki no Mayu. (English Translation: Cocoon of the Moon)

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Ardi - Oldest Fossil of Human Ancestor - Missing Link? (A personal response)

The recovered bones of Ardi, a female Ardipithecus ramidus.

The following personal response was for a school assignment. I hope you'll enjoy reading it though!

I believe that the discoveries of Ardi (Ardipithecus ramidus female dated to be 4.4 million years ago)  and the related skeletal remains is an academic, scientific, and social triumphs of humankind. For many decades, Lucy has dominated the anthropological and evolutionary spotlight, but with the discovery of Ardi comes an enriching and exciting tale inside her bones. Because I am a fanatic about the sciences, I believe that with each academic accomplishment and landmark this field (including anthropology) achieves, humanity has reached a grand triumph.  With this amazing discovery, our specie can further unravel our evolutionary past and figure out what our most recent common ancestor was with our closest living relatives (the chimpanzees).

Since Darwin's publishing of On the Origin of Species, we humans have relentlessly attempted to unearth and precisely determine how we came to be, and how bipedalism first occurred. The discovery and analysis of these rare and scare fossils are, as said by Alan Walker, "far more important than Lucy", and that it reveals and brings into light new knowledge that we once did not possess. I, for one, am overjoyed about the discovery of Ardi due to its massive influence and potential to change existing knowledge in the area. Considering that the discovery of Ardi seems to have debunked the "savanna hypothesis" (which is a hypothesis that our ancestral species stood up due to the introduction of an open field grassland environment), and suggests many new theories on how bipedalism occurred, this finding will definitely influence the field of anthropology. 

To start, a unique aspect of this find is how many scientists believe, after analyzing Ardi, that her anatomy suggests bipedalism whilst on the ground and quadrupedalism whilst in the trees. This finding is as significant as the moon landing to me, considering how we can now attempt figure out, based on the findings, how the development of early bipedalism occurred. They have seen this in many of Ardi's bones. For example, the feet, pelvis, and legs seem to indicate bipedalism, and looking at her hands also promotes the idea that Ardi was a quadruped in the trees. However, there is controversy over this matter, considering that there was an argument that had particularly influenced me on the topic of bipedalism. This argument was about whether or not bipedalism was originally for the purpose of sexual intercourse and mating. Many experts say that factoring in the additional evidence of forensic odontology indicates that instead of having males fight over the female using their sharp teeth as weapons, the males win the female's heart by gathering foods for her by walking on two feet. This is significant because instead of the "savanna hypothesis", we now have another realistic explanation of bipedalism (considering that Ardipithecus Ramidus's environment was a moist woodland, not an open grassland).

Additionally, there are many other unique aspects of the find as well, which include: Ardi's close proximity to Lucy, the previous renown early ancestor (both were found in the Afar desert, which is not very surprising because the earliest human ancestor to have actually migrated out of Africa was Homo erectus), the remarkable preservation of Ardi's fossils in comparison to their actual age of them, how experts, finding other fossils of other specimens, determined that Ardi lived in a moist wetland environment, and how these skeletal remains laid to rest the guesses of many people about a half-chimpanzee half-human that would be our most recent common ancestor to chimpanzees.

EDIT
If anyone wants to read a blog post that I've written about a newer human ancestor species discovered, please go to this following link.
http://wci-history-club.blogspot.com/2011/10/new-human-ancestor-australopithecus.html

REFERENCES
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/10/091001-oldest-human-skeleton-ardi-missing-link-chimps-ardipithecus-ramidus.html