Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective [The Great Courses]

Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective [The Great Courses]

2002 | The Great Courses | English | 108 pages | PDF | 0,58 MB

When we consider ourselves, not as static beings fixed in time but as dynamic, ever-changing creatures, our viewpoint of human history becomes different and captivating.

The crucial element of "time depth" has revolutionized the very questions we ask about ourselves. "Who are we?" has turned into What have we become? What are we becoming?"

What makes this viewpoint possible is the evolutionary perspective offered by biological anthropology through the study of the evolution, genetics, anatomy, and modern variation within the human species.
A Discipline of Far-Ranging Questions

Are the great apes a unique break point from the past-and toward the human-because they can understand other beings’ mental states?
Did we destroy the Neandertals?
Did modern Homo sapiens evolve entirely on the African continent, replacing other hominid forms as they fanned out into Asia and Europe? Or did they evolve simultaneously and in the same direction on all three continents?
Did hunting and its requirements for cooperation and intelligence make us human?
What is the role of our evolution in determining social hierarchy? gender roles? obesity? morning sickness in pregnancy?
How is evolution active in human development today?

As Dr. King addresses these and other questions in this scientific story, you will come to see evolution as not simply a textbook theory but a vital force.

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