Biological Anthropology and the Scientific Method

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Biological Anthropology and the Scientific Method

Exploring the definition of Biological Anthropology and its purpose and the use of the scientific method in anthropology

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Anthro 2050 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology With Laboratory
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Anthro2050 1st Edition Lecture 2 Outline of Last Lecture I. About the Professor II. Syllabus Information III. Introduction to Anthropology Outline of Current Lecture IV. Biological Anthropology V. The Scientific Method in Biological Anthropology Current Lecture Biological Anthropology: -The study of human biology within the specific framework of evolution -Sub-disciplines of Biological Anthropology include bioarchaeology, population genetics, primatology, and paleoanthropology. - Bioarchaeology: The study of relatively recent (post invention of agriculture) skeletal remains to learn about trauma, disease rates, nutrition, and past lifestyles - Population Genetics: Studies the change of the genetic composition of populations through time, and how these changes occured - Primatology: The study of modern primate biological and behavioral adaptations and diversity. Large focus on apes as they are our closest animal relatives. - Paleoanthropology: Interdisciplinary study of human ancestors (hominids) and evolution, particularly via the fossil record Anthropology's purpose in the greater world is to act as a mediator between things that may seem to be complete opposites, and to help find the similarities between them as well as gain an understanding and appreciation for the differences. Examples include individuals & groups, colonial societies & indigenous societies, past & present, humans & animals, science & folk These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor’s lecture. GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes, not as a substitute.

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