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ANT - L02 [Sept 23 2010]

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANT100Y1
Professor
Christopher Watts
Semester
Fall

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READ associated chapters LISTEN to professor during lectures REVIEW outline the next day REWRITE your lecture notes in full immediately after lecture What is Evolutionary Anthropology? N Application of modern evolutionary theory to studies of the morphology, ecology, and behaviour of human and non human primates N What defines us as species and how does this relate to all aspects of evolution?? 5 Research Disciplines N Primatology o Scientific study of non human primates o Primate anatomy, field studies of wild animals, primate psychology o Primatologists seek to conserve primates in vanishing tropical ecosystems N Paleoanthropology o Multidisciplinary study of: o Biological evolution of humans and non human primates o Advent of and changes in human and cultural activities o Evolutionary history of behaviour in human and non human primates N Human Variation o Spatial and temporal variations in human features o For example, geographic and climatic variations in body size, skin colour, and eye colour o Some related to climate, some related to geography N Medical Anthro o How social, environment, and biological factors influence health and illness of individuals at the community, regional, national, and global levels. o How does this work at each level? N Forensic Anthropology o Skeletal, dental o Focuses only on skeletal remains of humans o 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 N How does evolution work and how does it apply to us o It is effecting everybody, right here and now o Everything surrounding us has o Short-termlong-term o We are adapting from one generation to next N What are biological characteristics of our species? N What is physical record of through time? The Scientific Method www.notesolution.com
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