Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology is one of the major areas providing data about the early development of the human species. Combined with studies of the genetics and adaptations of modern populations, this sub-field provides an understanding of the biological background of humans which forms the basis for their intellectual and cultural development.

This field covers the evolution of primates, primate behaviour, the evolution of hominids, modern adaptation and some aspects of genetics and population studies. The focus of Biological evolution is on the process of adaptation in response to the stresses of selection. Genetic and evolutionary theory provide the background paradigm for this field.

Theoretical aspects of Biological anthropology are not stressed at the undergraduate level, to allow for students to gain a clear understanding of the background and methods of anthropology as a whole. Lab periods and films are utilized to familiarize students with the objects of study: bones, fossil casts, blood testing and genetics problems. Some techniques of anthropometric measurement are also learned by hands-on practice in lab sessions.


Recommended units outside the department for students interested in Biological Anthropology include KIN 100, BIO 201, 239, 250, ENV S 195, HLTH 210.