ANT100Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Conservation Biology, Social Anthropology, Evolutionary Anthropology
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What"s anthropology: holistic study of humans, past and present that draws and builds upon knowledge from the social sciences biological sciences, humanities, and the natural sciences, what it means to be human. Historical development, mechanisms, and outcomes of biological evolution: mechanisms such as genetic flow, gene drift, natural selection. Diversity of life and the natural processes that produced this biodiversity. The primate fossil record, with a basic understanding of patterns and processes: what do our ancestors look like, what did they do. The basic ecology, behaviour, and conservation biology of extant primates. Archaeologist: social anthropologist who is interested in the past. 2: relationship of archaeology to other disciplines. Analysis and interpretation: archaeological data (artifacts, ecofacts, sites, etc) b. Interpretation (how do we understand what the artifacts mean?) The earliest traces of human behaviour: stone tools around 2. 5 mya to the origin of modern homo sapiens. Materials, how they were made, what they were used for i.