Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
Biological (Physical) Anthropology
Biological – or physical – anthropologists
are biologists who study humans as
 Primarily concerned with humans as a
biological species
 Most closely related to natural sciences
 Major research areas:
Human evolution
 Modern human variation
Biological (Physical) Anthropology
Biological anthropologists show us how
the capacity for culture itself has evolved
and how that capacity, in turn, has
influenced our biological evolution.
Biological Anthropology Questions
What is the relation between modern apes
and humans?
 Who are the oldest humans and where did
they develop?
 What happened to the Neanderthals?
 Are we still evolving?
 What accounts for the different color of
people’s skin around the world?
 Are gendered behaviors genetic?