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Introduction to Physical Anthropology
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A few words on Evolution… It is the unifying theme of anthropology and modern biology, both sciences This is a science class!
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Hominids Humans are members of the Order Primates, the group of mammals that includes prosimians, monkeys and apes. Humans are hominids , belonging to the taxonomic family Hominidae. Bipedalism , walking on two legs, is a critical feature of the hominids.
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What is anthropology
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What is anthropology? Greek anthropos “human” & logos “study of” The study of humankind
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What is anthropology? The study of humankind Human culture Evolutionary aspects of human biology Both human and nonhuman primates
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What is Anthropology? Working definition: The science that investigates human biological and cultural variation and evolution
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Biological variation Biology the science of life or living matter in all its forms and phenomena, esp. with reference to origin, growth, reproduction, structure, and behavior.
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Cultural variation Culture is a set of learned behaviors that is transmitted from one generation to the next by nonbiological (i.e., nongenetic) means Encompasses all aspects of human adaptation, including technology, traditions, language, religion, marriage patterns, and social roles
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A change in the genetic structure of a population over time/multiple generations. Also refers to the appearance of a new
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This note was uploaded on 04/13/2008 for the course ANTHRO 2033 taught by Professor Corewyn during the Spring '08 term at The University of Texas at San Antonio- San Antonio.

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