Youth Cultures lecture notes 4

Biological anthropologists also are interested in

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Biological anthropologists also are interested in understanding the mechanisms of evolution and genetic inheritance. Biological anthropologists are usually involved in one of three different areas of research: human biology, primatology, or paleoanthropology. Human biology is concerned with learning about human diversity, genetic inheritance patterns, non- cultural adaptations to environmental stresses, and other biological characteristics of our species, Homo sapiens . Primatologists carry out non-human primate studies. o This is usually done in a natural setting among wild apes, monkeys, and related animals. o They are principally interested in learning about the capabilities and behavior patterns of primates--our closest living relatives. Paleoanthropologists recover the fossil record of early humans and their primate ancestors in order to understand the path of our evolution.
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o Cultural Anthropology Interested in learning about the cultural aspects of human societies all over the world. Usually focus their research on such things as the social and political organizations, marriage patterns and kinship systems, subsistence and economic patterns, and religious beliefs of different societies.
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