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Do these questions interest you?

  • Do we have a gene for culture?
  • Why are people in Africa so diverse?
  • Why are pygmies small?
  • Who were the first creatures to make tools?
  • Do chimpanzees have language?
  • How long have we been human?
  • Are humans still evolving?
  • Can stone tools trace the dispersal of hominins?
  • Can genetics help us save threatened primates?
  • Is there more to evolution than natural selection?
  • Who was Eve, and did she meet Adam?
  • Can a chi2 test save lives?
  • Is one's IQ in the genes?
  • Do we choose our mates on the basis of smell?
  • Does malnutrition stunt your growth?
  • Have we always suffered from the same diseases?
  • Why are men (usually) bigger than women?
  • Can I extract DNA (genes) from fossil bone?

Biological Anthropology at Cambridge offers undergraduate courses covering all these major topics and more...

Biological Anthropology is a field which explores human biology and evolution. With an emphasis on the interaction between biology and culture, it sits firmly between the social and biological sciences. The unifying theme across our teaching is the understanding of humans, past and present, from an evolutionary perspective. To achieve this, our teaching has three themes:

  • the understanding of humans in the context of other animals, in particular primates
  • the behaviour and biology of humans throughout their evolutionary history
  • the study of human populations today in terms of their growth, development and health

These topics are explored by means of a wide range of scientific tools – from genetics, to morphology, archaeology, physiology, ethology and statistics.

Undergraduate and graduate students gain knowledge and experience across this inter-disciplinary spectrum through a combination of lectures, practicals and research projects, both in the laboratory and the field. From 2017, Biological Anthropology is offered through the Archaeology Tripos. Biological Anthropology is offered as either a stand-alone track or as a combination with Archaeology.

Download the Biological Anthropology leaflet here.

Further details on the structure of the undergraduate degree programme can be found here.

Undergraduate NST, Med and Vet students are also able to take the third year courses in Biological Anthropology

» Biological Anthropology Part IIB for NST, Med and Vet Students