Be An Anthropologist

| March 14, 2014

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The primary goal of this exercise is for the student to further examine evolution from the perspective of two sub-fields in anthropology. The all-encompassing nature of evolution will be illustrated, and students will have the opportunity to explore the holistic nature of anthropology.
Description:
Anthropologists study many different aspects of humanity in order to fully understand the diversity of the human species. One of these aspects concerns our development as a species, both physically and culturally.
For the assignment, the student will first discuss and investigate evolution as viewed by physical anthropology, and then the student will investigate and discuss evolution from one other sub-field – cultural, linguistic, or archaeological.
Directions:
In a 3-5 page written assignment, answer the following questions.
1) Discuss what evolution is in terms of physical anthropology.
2) Define evolution (using textbook and/or lecture notes)
3) Discuss what a physical anthropologist may examine/investigate in order to study evolution (e.g. population DNA) and why it is helpful for studying evolution.
4) Find at least one outside source related to your answer for Q3. Conduct original research.
5) Briefly describe the source you discuss in Q4 and how is it helpful for examining/investigating evolution.
6) Choose a second sub-field of anthropology (cultural, linguistic, or archaeology).
7) Discuss how an anthropologist in this second sub-field would study evolution.
a. Remember, evolution can apply to both physical and societal changes, so things like language and customs can evolve just as much as bodies and brains can.
8) Discuss what an anthropologist from your chosen sub-field may examine/investigate in order to study evolution (e.g. an archaeologist may look at how tools have changed through time, and what has caused that change) and why it is helpful for studying evolution.
9) Find at least one outside source related to your answer for Q8. Conduct original research, do not use tool evolution because that example is given in class.
10) Briefly describe the source that you describe in Q9 and how is it helpful for examining/investigating evolution.
11) Discuss how the study of evolution between physical anthropology and your chosen sub-field compare and contrast.
12) Conclude by discussing one new piece of information you learned about evolution.
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