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ANT100Y1 Lecture One Theoretical Development of Biological scienceDiversity of life and natural processes produced this diversityFundamental biological and evolutionary concepts How anthropologists including those in my department applied these concepts Evolutionary AnthropologyApplication of modern evolutionary theory in studies of the morphology ecology and behavior of humans and nonhuman primates 5 Research DisciplinesPrimatology Scientific study of nonhuman primates Primate anatomy field studies of wild animals primate psychology Primatologists seek to conserve primates in vanishing tropical ecosystemsPaleoanthropologyMultidisciplinary study of biological evolution of humans and nonhuman primates Advent of and changes in human cultural activities Evolutionary history of behavior in human and nonhuman primatesHuman Variation Spatial and temporal variations in human features For example Geographic and climatic variations in body size skin color eye color How we assign categorization due to the differencesMedical AnthropologyHow social environmental and biological factors influence health and illness of individuals at the community regional national and global levels How is this differentiation in medical conditions possible in the different parts of the worldForensic AnthropologyFocuses only on skeletal remains of humans Forensic anthropologists seek to determine the age sex stature ancestry essentially the origin Major Questions about humans and our Biology How does evolution work and how does it apply to usWhat are biological characteristics of our species What is physical record of our evolution Paleoanthropology Scientific Method State the problem Gather information Form a hypothesis Test the Hypothesis Record and analysis data State the conclusion and Repeat the work SGFTRSR 4 Problems Limited Development of Theory of Evolution
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