Anthropology 101

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Anthropology 101 by Mind Map: Anthropology 101

1. Chapter 1: What is Physical Anthropology?

1.1. "They are interested in people and their ancestors, wherever or whenever they lived. Simply, you are studying a field that is holistic, unlike any you have studied before,"(Larsen 5).

1.2. Physical Anthropology is the study of the human body. This includes a study of genetics, anatomy, the skeleton, adaptation to diseases, adaptations to the environment, growth, nutrition, human origins and evolution, human variation, primates, and much more.

1.3. Human Evolution: Crash Course Big History #6

2. Chapter 3: Genetics: Reproducing Life and Producing Variation

2.1. "Consider forensic science, where fingerprints and blood types were once the primary evidence. Thanks to DNA, far smaller samples—of tissue, bone, hair, and blood—can be used to identify victims’ remains and to identify criminals with far greater accuracy," (Larsen 88).

2.2. The genetic code is a collection of genes that are passed down from generation to generation. It is used by DNA, which stands for deoxyribonucleic acid, and it is essentially the scientific blueprint for all lifeforms on earth. Genetic coding is similar to computer coding in the sense that it determines what we as people will end up looking like and acting like.

2.3. What is DNA and How Does it Work?

3. Chapter 2: Evolution: Constructing a Fundamental Scientific Theory

3.1. "Many evolutionary biologists today limit their definition of evolution to genetic change only. However, nongenetic developmental change—biological change occurring within an individual’s lifetime—can give an adaptive advantage (or disadvantage) to an individual or individuals within a population," (Larsen 60).

3.2. Evolution is essentially descent with modification from preexisting species or cumulative inherited change in a population of organisms through time leading to the appearance of new forms.

3.3. How Evolution Works (And How We Figured It Out)