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Part I Archaeology & Anthropology

Students who come to Cambridge to read Archaeology & Anthropology will, in their first year, have lectures from all three Divisions in the Department - Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and Social Anthropology.

The BioAnth contribution to Part I Arch & Anth is ‘Paper 2 - Humans in Biological Perspective’ aims at familiarising students with the multi-disciplinary nature of the discipline, introducing major subject areas from the molecular basis of life, to the evolution of humans and their behaviour, to the adaptation of humans today, including their patterns of growth and development, to the world of primates, and how the integration of all these areas of knowledge can provide the basis for interpreting the evolution of culture, cognition and the human mind.

Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Current perspectives on and major issues in the field of Biological Anthropology are introduced.

The Comparative Framework
Non-human primate (apes, monkeys, prosimians) evolution, biology and behaviour from a comparative perspective.

Human Evolution
Human origins and evolution from ape ancestors to modern humans are discussed, with a focus on the evolution of diversity.

Introduction to Human Genetics
Human genetics, molecular anthropology and the genetics of modern human origins are introduced and their relevance to modern human populations is outlined.

Human Ecology
The concept of human ecology is explored using ecological and physiological adaptations to past and current environments.

Special Topic : Body size – From genes to culture
This special module explores the interactions of biological and social influences on the biology of our species. It explores why body size matters to an organism, and how different factors influence it, from the level of the gene through to cultural variation.

More information about the modules, lectures, reading lists and handouts may be found online at:


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