Five groups that classify all living things
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
A group of animals within a pylum
A group of animals within a class
A group of animals within an order
A group of animals within a family
The name of the animal in science
|Homo Sapiens Sapiens|
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
How long the animal lives for
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
|Brown, Tan, Black, White, Olive|
The protective layer of the animal
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
|Worldwide based near rivers|
|Average Litter Size:|
The average number of babies born at once
The food that the animal gains energy from
|Vegetables, Fruit, Fish|
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
|Bears, Lion, Tiger|
Characteristics unique to this animal
|Walk on two feet and intelligent communications|
The human being is part of the primate group that walks on two legs rather than the usual four like most of the other primates, which is known as bipedal. The thing that sets human beings apart from other primates however, is the fact the human has a highly developed brain and therefore capable of abstract reasoning, language and problem solving.
The modern human being is thought to have originated in Eastern Africa around 200,000 years ago and due to the advanced mental capacity of the human and the fact that humans have been able to use their two free arms to manipulate objects, has meant that human beings are more sophisticated in using tools than any other species of animal.
The human population on Earth is thought to be exceeding 6.8 billion human individuals, a number which seems to be continuously growing year by year. Today there are large populations of human on every continent on Earth with the exception of Antarctica, a continent so cold and desolate that only a handful of the animal species actually exist there.
Like many other species of primate, humans are highly sociable animals and are able to interact with one another through spoken language, gestures and written language. Humans have developed extremely complex social structures that have meant that the human population is linked together through a series of interlinking groups and organisations.
The social interactions amongst the human race today means that there is a wide variety of traditions, rituals, ethics and laws which together form the foundations of modern society. The human appreciation for aesthetic beauty has led to the development of art, literature, music and writing.
Humans are particularly well known for their desire to acquire knowledge about and find the answers to complex questions about the world around them. This level of curiosity has led to the advancement in tools and skills, as humans are the only species of animal known to build fires, cook food, make clothes and develop technologies. Human beings pass these vital success skills down through the generations by using education.
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First Published: 8th November 2008, Last Updated: 7th November 2019
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