Biological anthropology : the natural history of humankind by Craig B Stanford; John S Allen; Susan C Antón


By Craig B Stanford; John S Allen; Susan C Antón

This textbook provides a survey of actual anthropology, the department of anthropology that reports the actual improvement of the human species. It performs an immense half within the research of human origins and within the research and id of human continues to be for criminal reasons. It attracts upon human physique measurements, human genetics, and the examine of human bones and comprises the examine of human mind evolution, and of Read more...

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PALEOPATHOLOGY AND BIOARCHAEOLOGY paleopathology The study of diseases in ancestral human populations. bioarchaeology The study of human remains in an archaeological context. forensic anthropology The study of human remains applied to a legal context. Hand in hand with skeletal biology are paleopathology and bioarchaeology: the study of disease in ancient human populations, and the study of human remains in an archaeological context. When the Neandertal fossils first appeared in the mid-nineteenth century, there was much scientific debate about whether they represented a true species or “race,” or whether they were simply modern individuals who had suffered from some pathological condition.

It might include everything from the way marriages and funerals are arranged, to the economic system, to the kinship system. The practice of ethnology is called ethnography (literally, “the describing of culture”). The study of the way in which foraging people track down their prey is ethnography. So is a written account of the initiation rituals of street gangs in Los Angeles. And so is the study of how parents in Boston care for their children relative to parenting among the Sherpas of highland Nepal.

We will also consider the issue of creationist opposition to evolutionary science. Biological anthropologists, as human evolutionary scientists, often find themselves on the front line of the debate over science and creation. First, we need to consider what science is and how it works. 1 The Scopes Trial: William Jennings Bryan (right) represented the state of Tennessee, and Clarence Darrow (left) represented John Scopes. What Is Science? Science is a process, not a result. The process involves observation of a natural phenomenon with some deduction about its cause.

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