Human Variation

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTH 1001
Professor
Kieran Mc Nulty
Semester
Spring

Description
Humans Humans: just another primate species? • Would we expect human behaviors to have biological underpinnings? ◦ Yes, because we evolved -- connections between our behavior and ability to reproduce • If so, how might we identify those connections? ◦ Ubiquitous human behaviors ◦ Behaviors closely linked to reproductive success ◦ Convergent behaviors in similar environments Evolutionary determinism or behavioral plasticity? • determined by both • to what degree can we recognize evolutionary history? Human mate preference • can our knowledge of evolutionary theory and primate behavior inform our understanding of human mate choices? • Based on evolutionary theory, what qualities in a mate might we predict to be favored by female human primates? • What qualities would we predict males to favor? In a hunter-gatherer society . . .
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