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Matthew Nelson 31 August 2006 Intro to Biological Anth Dr. Mark Jeffereys Week 1 Assignment What is biological anthropology? Defined This subfield of American anthropology is defined as the study of the biological and biocultural facets of humans and their relatives (13). It is also known as physical anthropology. When speaking of humans and their relatives, it is implied that biological anthropologists study both humans and nonhuman primates like monkeys, apes, and lemurs. Major Research Questions How can population genetics help us understand evolution (66)? How is our behavior affected by our behavior (68)? Where do humans fit in to nature (75)? Unifying Assumptions Evolutionary theory is the cornerstone (20).
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Unformatted text preview: Primates include humans. Behavior and genetics are somehow interconnected (135). DNA is the unit of heredity (48). Heredity operates in a probabilistic nature (59). Major Research Methods Need to translate behavior into quantifiable data in order to process (133). Both quantitative and qualitative methods are employed. Quantitative data can be statistically compared across time and space. Qualitative data is collected in a less specific and standard process (133). This type of data can help fill the gaps left by quantitative studies by illustrating the matrix or contextual environment of the study (134). The scientific method is the most effective way to measure experimental data....
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