Why Is Evolution Important to Anthropologists?
Chapters 2 & 3
Module 1/Chapter 2
Evolutionary theory is a
testable, unified, and fruitful
Material evidence of evolutionary
Ancient Primates and
Dating the Past
Dating techniques provide windows of time,
not precise dates
Fossil record not representative sample of all
plants and animals that ever lived
Taphonomy: study of processes that
Race & Ethnicity
What Can Anthropology Teach Us
about Social Inequality?
The contemporary concept of race
developed in the context of European
exploration and conquest beginning in
the 15th century as light-skinned
Europeans came to rule over darkerskinne
Sex versus gender
Observable physical characteristics that
distinguish two (?) kinds of humans, females, and
males, needed for biological reproduction.
The cultural construction of beliefs and
behaviours considered appropriate for each sex.
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