ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Earwax, Binomial Nomenclature, Medical Anthropology

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Tutorials start next week for a1, b1, etc. Section goals: historical development, mechanisms, and outcomes of biological evolution, diversity of life and natural processes that produced this diversity, primate fossil record. It"s about water, it"s about geology, it"s about climate, it"s about life. Application of modern evolutionary theory to studies of morphology, ecology, and behaviour of humans: primatology. Primate anatomy, field studies of wild animals, primate psychology. Primatologists seek to conserve primates in vanishing tropical ecosystems (eg. mouse lemurs in madagascar). Advent of and changes in human cultural activities. Evolutionary history of behaviour in human and non-human primates. Evolution is not linear, goal orientated, or about making a better being, not progressive. You can get reversals and extinctions: human variation. For ex, geographic and climatic variations in body size, skin colour, and eye colour: medical anthropology. How social, environmental, and biological factors influence health and illness of individuals at the community, regional, national, and global levels: forensic anthropology.

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