Anthropology 1026F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Jacques Boucher De Crèvecœur De Perthes, Homicide, Giovanni Battista Belzoni

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Changes in gene frequencies not due to selection: Random fluctuations in small populations = sampling error due to small size of population of sample. Human populations used to be small important source of variation. Small number found population not cross-selective of original genetic variability that existed (especially if related) Eg: most native american populations have low frequency of b blood groups and lots of. Interest in large scale changes ( evolution ) in human affairs predates biological interests. Ancient greek and chinese philosophers had viewpoint that people pass through many ages from simpler (no agriculture) to more complex (political societies) human beings not static. Main modern impetus = voyages of discovery (1600s to 1700s) Europeans fascinated by south sea islanders and new world peoples. Two main views of own past: most commonly, past was a bad time: life was nasty, brutish and short (thomas. Hobbes 1651) ethnocentric, life in their own society was better and change was.

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