COMPARING THE HUMAN HUMERUS TO THAT OF OTHER VERTEBRATES

human

Humans use their arms (and thus, the humerus bone of the upper arm) to carry weight, use tools, play musical instruments, throw baseballs, and countless other activities. How does this bone compare to the humerus of other vertebrates which use their arms for locomotion?

frog and alligator

frogalligator

turtle

turtle

mink

minkmink

cat

cat

WHAT SPECIFIC SIMILARITIES AND DIFFERENCES DID YOU NOTICE BETWEEN THE HUMAN STRUCTURES AND THOSE OF OTHER VERTEBRATES? HOW DO THESE STRUCTURAL SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES COMPARE TO SIMILARITIES/DIFFERENCES IN LIFESTYLE? WHAT MAKES HUMANS UNIQUE? WHAT RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANISMS DO YOU FEEL ARE SUPPORTED BY YOUR COMPARISONS OF THEIR FEATURES? WHAT FEATURES DO YOU FEEL DEFINE A PARTICULAR GROUP?
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