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Furless skin evolved in our ancestors because ?

Ancient hominids had to travel more in search of food in hotter environments, and furless skin allowed for better cooling through watery sweating


Homo habilis, was probably furry, whereas homo erectus was probably furless for the majority of its existence

True or false



Skin doesn’t fossilize, so how do we know when our ancestors lost their fur?

We can look at the

Molecular clock
Skeletal morphology