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 offers a survey of actual anthropology, the department of anthropology that stories the actual improvement of the human species. It performs a major half within the learn of human origins and within the research and identity of human is still for felony reasons. It attracts upon human physique measurements, human genetics, and the research of human bones and contains the examine of human mind evolution, and of Read more...

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Unfortunately, the declaration that the indigenous people of the New World were indeed people did not prevent their enslavement or exploitation by Christian colonizers. As classification took precedence in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the issue of the ultimate biological origins of humans was pushed aside. Monogenism, the biblical orthodoxy that all humans were derived from a single creation, held sway in both Protestant and Catholic countries. At the turn of the nineteenth century, natural historians who wrote about people, such as the American Samuel Stanhope Smith (1750–1819) and the German Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752–1840), indicated their strong support for the basic unity of humankind via monogenesis.

He knew that Adam had lived to a ripe old age and begat Cain and Abel; the cumulative ages of these founders and all their descendants added up to about a 5,500-year history of the world. Ussher’s date provided the time frame for understanding the natural history of Earth for more than two centuries and to this day is accepted by fundamentalist Christian creationists as a reasonably accurate estimate for the age of Earth. During this period of European history, the church exerted enormous influence over scientific thinking.

Archaeologists come in many different stripes. 5 u until the much more r recent past. Prehist toric archaeologists s study cultures that did n leave any recorded not w written history, from t the early hominins to h preliterate li d the antecedents off modern cultures from Hawaii to Africa. When a biological anthropologist excavates a 2-million-year-old fossil site in East Africa, a prehistoric archaeologist often works with the team to document the discovery, map the site, and analyze the primitive stone tools that may be found alongside the fossilized bones.

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