Lecture 30 (5-8)

Lecture 30 (5-8) - Adaptation results from evolutionary...

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Biological Anthropology in Perspective The place of humans in an evolutionary context The place of humans in the natural world Ongoing questions about human evolution (are we still evolving?) Study of human biology in the framework of evolution. Subfields: Paleoanthropology - human evolution Anthropometry - measurement of body parts Primatology: study of nonhuman primates Osteology: study of skeletons Anthropological Perspective A broad perspective that helps us understand the diversity of the human experience within the context of biological and behavioral continuity with other species. By learning about cultures other than our own, we can avoid an ethnocentric view of other cultures. By recognizing that we have similarities with other animals, we may recognize that they have a place in nature just as we do. Issues for Biological Anthropologists Evolution A change in the genetic structure of a population. Adaptation Functional response of organisms or populations to the environment.
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Unformatted text preview: Adaptation results from evolutionary change. Humans in an Evolutionary Context Humans are hominins and belong to the taxonomic family Hominidae. Bipedalism , walking on two legs, is a critical feature of this group. Humans are members of the Order Primates, the group of mammals that includes prosimians, monkeys and apes. Components of Paleoanthropology Evolution of Human Brain Size and Life Cycles Culture: Strategies humans use to adapt to their environment: technologies subsistence patterns housing types clothing religion marriage and family values gender roles Culture is learned, and the process of learning one’s culture begins at birth. Even though culture isn’t genetically determined, the human predisposition to assimilate culture is influenced by genetics. Over time, culture and biology interacted in such a way that humans are said to be the result of biocultural evolution ....
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Lecture 30 (5-8) - Adaptation results from evolutionary...

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