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7 Dec 2010
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Course
ANT100Y1
September 23, 2010
Section 1: Biological Anthropology
Section Goals
1) Historical development of biological science.
2) Diversity of life & natural processes produced this diversity.
3) Fundamental biological & evolutionary concepts.
4) How anthropologists, including those in my department, apply evolutionary biology in their research.
What is Evolutionary Anthropology?
-Application of modern evolutionary theory to studies of the morphology, ecology, and behaviour
of human and non-human primates.
Primatology
-Scientific study of non-human primates.
-Primate anatomy, field studies of wild animals, primate psychology, etc.
-Primatologists seek to conserve primates in vanishing tropical ecosystems.
Paleoanthropology
-Multidisciplinary study of:
-Biological evolution of humans and non-human primates.
-Advent of and changes in human cultural activities.
-Evolutionary history of behaviour in human and non-human primates.
Human Variation
-spatial and temporal variations in human features.
-examples include geographic and climatic variations in body size, skin color, hair, etc.
Medical Anthropology
-How social, environmental, and biological factors influence health and illness of individuals at the
community, regional, national, and global levels.
Forensic Anthropology
-Focuses only on skeletal remains of humans
-Forensic anthropologists seek to determine the age, sex, stature, ancestry, and any trauma or disease of
the deceased.
Major Questions about Humans and our Biology
-How does evolution work and how does it apply to us?
-What are biological characteristics of our species?
-What is physical record of our evolution (paleoanthropology)?
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Section goals: historical development of biological science, diversity of life & natural processes produced this diversity, fundamental biological & evolutionary concepts, how anthropologists, including those in my department, apply evolutionary biology in their research. Application of modern evolutionary theory to studies of the morphology, ecology, and behaviour of human and non-human primates. Primate anatomy, field studies of wild animals, primate psychology, etc. Primatologists seek to conserve primates in vanishing tropical ecosystems. Advent of and changes in human cultural activities. Evolutionary history of behaviour in human and non-human primates. Examples include geographic and climatic variations in body size, skin color, hair, etc. How social, environmental, and biological factors influence health and illness of individuals at the community, regional, national, and global levels. Forensic anthropologists seek to determine the age, sex, stature, ancestry, and any trauma or disease of the deceased. What is physical record of our evolution (paleoanthropology)? www. notesolution. com.

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