human%20universals - Evolutionary theory Are we unique?...

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1 Are we unique? Human universals I. Evolution and human behavior II. Human universals A. Basic color terms B. Inbreeding avoidance III. Human and animal cultures A. Culture: a definition B. The question of animal cultures C. Mechanisms of cultural transmission Evolutionary theory Human evolution Natural selection has shaped the Animals provide biomedical models to study human disease
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2 Evolution and human behavior 1. If we are products of evolution, then selection should have favored a set of universal features common to all humans. 2. Evolutionary theory predicts behavioral as well as anatomical and physiological continuity between humans and animals. Human universals: Basic color terms • Humans in all cultures classify colors according to the same set of rules. Basic color terms • 11 categories • There is a regular relationship between the number and identity of color terms in any language. The Dani
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ANTHRBIO 161 taught by Professor Mitani during the Spring '08 term at University of Michigan.

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