ANTA01H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Blombos Cave, Genesis Creation Narrative
At that time, humans were always considered to be above the animal kingdom. But linnaeus approached humans as he did any kind of other organism: according to linnaeus, humans could be sorted by the color of their skin into discrete groups. Instead, they were largely based on skin color: interestingly, he noted that distinctions between populations based on skin color were problematic because of the fact that skin color is not a discrete trait. Previous and subsequent attempts at classification of patterns in human variation did not include all human populations and were ultimately incorrect. It has been thought in the past that humans would move into a new place, stay in that place, adapt to it, and mate only with individuals within that location. Week 10 review: modern human origins, biology & behavior, behavioral modernity, human variation and some adaptation, early perspectives on human variation.