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This page contains resource questions and discussion points designed to further conversation on the subject of social interaction and complexity.


1. Humans are members of the Hominin group, a subset of the Hominoid group. What are the key factors that define Hominins within the Hominoids and what is the relationship between these groups and the primates?


2. Natural selection is a term that is used extensively when discussing evolution. Define what this term means and discuss factors that contribute to selection. 


3. What is meant by fitness in evolutionary terms? Explain the relationship between evolutionary fitness, adaptation and selection.   


4. Adaptive radiation can be observed in multiple groups of living organisms. Mammals and primates are examples of these groups. Define what is meant by adaptive radiation and use examples to discuss factors that lead to adaptive radiation.