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AN 1103 Midterm #2 Study Guide

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AN 1103 Midterm #2 Study Guide AN 1103

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This study guide follows the outline given to us by Dr. Marcus.
Introduction to Anthropology
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Intro to Anthropology Study Guide  Movies: o Who discovered Lucy? Johansen o How did Lucy get her nickname? Beatle’s Song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” o What was evidence that Lucy was bipedal? Knee bone, pelvis, feet w/arch d o How was Lucy dated? Argon laser and volcanic ash around it o Why did the Eskimos eat raw seal liver? Paying tribute to the seal goddess o Why do young Nuer boys receive “gar” cuts on forehead? To become a man (initiation) o Why do New Guinea horticulturalists jump from the tower? Represents male fertility and a good harvest o While intensive agriculture in the U.S. is highly productive, what is the impact on the environment? o Erosion because of topsoil  Hominid Evolution: the appearance of bipedalism as a method of locomotion, increase in brain size occurred later, loss of the cp3 complex, only found in Africa, evidence of tool use o First Hominid:  Sahelanthropus tchadensis ***  Discovered in chad  6-7 million years ago  Ape like features:  Small brain  Primitive teeth  U-shaped dental arcade  Skull shape  Hominid like:  Flat face  Enormous brow ridges  Forward position of the foramen magnum (consistent with bipedalism)  Cranial capacity – 320-350 cm^3 o Australopithecines (“Southern Ape”)  Characteristics:  Bipedal  Small brained  Having large teeth with thick enamel  4.2-1.2 million years ago  Average cranial capacity – 500 cm^3  Short infancy  Two types  Gracile – delicate o Australopithecus afarensis o Australopithecus africanus  Robust o Australopithecus robustus o Australopithecus boisei  Australopithecus afarensis ***  “Lucy”  3.5 million years ago  3.5 ft. tall  V-shaped dental arcade  Medium sized canines  Sexual dimorphism between 50% and 88%  Ape-like skull  Fully bipedal  Cranial capacity: 404 cm^3; Chimp: 390 cm^3  Slept in trees (nests)  Gracile  Australopithecus africanus ***  South Africa  3-2.2 million years ago  Pronounced sexual dimorphism seen in canines and body size o Males – 4.6 ft tall and 90 lbs o Females 3.9 ft tall and 60 mlbs  Large molars and lower jaw  Cranial Capacity: 442 cm^3  Fully bipedal and gracile  May have been ancestors  Australopithecus Robustus  Tanzania and Kenya  2.3-1.2 million years ago  Marked sexual dimorphism  Massive chewing apparatus and a sagittal crest  Ate seeds, nuts, and meat  Cranial Capacity: 530 cm^3  Australopithecus boisei  Kenya and Ethiopia  2.3-1.2 million years ago  Large body, molars, chewing apparatus, and sagittal crest  Cranial capacity: 490cm^3  Afarensis -> africanus -> homo o The Genus Homo  Characteristics:  Large cranial capacity  Decrease in chewing apparatus – absence of sagittal crest and flaring zygomatic arches  Smaller face, jaw, and teeth  Parabolic arch  KNMER – 1470: fossil found in Kenya. Dated about 1.9 million years ago  Scientists are still not sure what to categorize the fossil  Cranial Capacity: 7500 cm^3  *** Large cranial capacity, parabolic dental arcade, Bipedalism, loss or reduction of CP3 complex o Homo habilis:  “handy man”  Tanzania and Kenya  2.5-1.44 million years ago  Small chewing complex  Larger brain  Oldowan tools – not proven to belong to habilis  Cranial capacity: 631 cm^3  Smaller brow ridges and flatter face o Homo erectus  1.8-.2 million years ago  Africa, Asia, and Europe  First to leave Africa  Characteristics:  Used fire  Hunters and gatherers  Temporary camps and shelters  Increase in brain size  Reduction in size of premolars and molars  Receding forehead  Mild ridge in middle of skull  Cranial Capacity: 900 cm^3**  Acheulian stone tools o Homo floresiensis  “hobbits”  Indonesia  74,000-16,000 years ago  Cranial capacity and posterior cranium resemble the australopithecines  Skulls resemble homo erectus  Small brains  Evidence of tools, hunting, and possible cooking and fire o Homo neanderthalensis  Europe, Israel, Iraq, and Gibraltar  225,000-28,000 years ago  Thick bones and a large nose  Faces projected with sloping foreheads  First to ritually bury dead  Mousterian tools**  Possibility of cannibalism  Late archaic Homo sapiens  1520 cranial capacity ** o Homo sapiens sapiens  200,000 years ago  Africa, Asia, and Europe first; then Australia and Americas  **Anatomically modern humans: large gracile skull with small or absent brow ridges, flat nose, mid-face and a round occiput, small jaws and teeth, chin is present, large mastoid process, straight limb bones, pelvis and rib cage are narrow  Culture:  Musical instruments  Sculpture  Jewelry  Use of ochre  Paintings  Needles  Harpoons  Spear throwers  Composite tools  Blade tools  Regularly buried dead o Tools:  Homo habilis – Oldawan Tools  Homo erectus – Acheulian Stone Tools  Homo neanderthalensis – Mousterian tools  Race: o The term race is a broad term and scientists do not agree on how many races there are. (arbitrary) o No genes specifically belong to a race. o Race is not a valid biological concept o Folate – A B vitamin that is necessary for rapidly producing cells  Deficiency can lead to interference with sperm production and fetal growth, neural tube defects  Breaks down in strong UV radiation and sunlight, therefore people who live in these conditions have darker skin o Vitamin D – metabolizes calcium; comes from sunlight – people further away from the equator have lighter skin in order to absorb more vitamin D o Rickets – deficiency in vitamin D that causes the bones to soften and weaken o Hypervitaminosis D – too much vitamin d, where calcium deposits form throughout the body o Melanin – a pigment in the epidermis that determines skin color o Hypodescent for African Americans:  One drop rule – African American hypodescent rules  Mixed racial heritage is defined as African American  Even one African American ancestor is defined as African American  1 out of 32 African American great, great, great grandparents is defined as African American o Blood quantum laws – Native American hypodescent laws  Must be ½ Choctaw to be considered a member  ¼ tribal blood: Navajo and other tribes  1/8 for the Apache Tribe  1/16 for the Sac and Fox tribes o Hispanic hypodescent laws  More flexible  People have a choice in calling themselves white or Hispanic o Social Race  Race is not visible, skin color is  Skin color – natural selection operating on our ancestors to protect them from the breakdown of folate and to increase intake of Vitamin D.  Race – cultural construct based on beliefs about biological differences “social race”  Both America and Brazil were populated with the same 3 groups: Native Americans, European colonists, and African Slaves o Race in the United States:  Race is ascribed at birth and rarely changes.  Hypodescent – social rule that states that if a person is of mixed descent, they are assigned to the minority race  One drop rule – African American hypodescent rules  Mixed racial heritage is defined as African American  Even one African American ancestor is defined as African American  1 out of 32 African American great, great, great grandparents is defined as African American  Blood quantum laws – Native American hypodescent laws  Must be ½ Choctaw to be considered a member  ¼ tribal blood: Navajo and other tribes  1/8 for the Apache Tribe  1/16 for the Sac and Fox tribes  Hispanic hypodescent laws  More flexible  People have a choice in calling themselves white or Hispanic o Race in Brazil:  No hypodescent rules  Mixed race classifications – over 500 labels  Race is fluid and can change easily  “money lightens” wealthy people can fit into lighter skinned social groups easily o Race in Japan:  3 discriminative minorities of Japan:  Ainu (indigenous)  Koreans  Burakumin (lower caste from samurai times)  Neolithic Revolution – the invention of the domestication of plants and animals o From Homo erectus until about 10,000 years ago, our ancestors made a living by combining hunting, gathering, and fishing collectively called foraging.  These foragers were nomadic and moved from place to place according to the seasons.  They did not overexploit the resources.  Broad Spectrum Revolution – broad-spectrum foragers became sedentary – exploitation of species of plants, animals, and sea life. o Women’s fertility increased due to an excess in body fat  May have stimulated domestication of plants and animals in several places (marginal zones)  What brought about this change from foraging to farming? o Decrease in number of big game animals available  Maybe due to climate, or over-killing o Rise in sea level o Centers of Domestication: Middle East and Near East, Africa, China, South America, Mesoamerica, North America  Domestication of species spread by diffusion through direct contact between the cultures  Horticulture – a method of subsistence based on the domestication of plants without the domestication of animals. “slash and burn”  Depends on fallow periods to restore soil fertility  Pastoralism – refers to herding domesticated animals  Simple Agriculture – horticulture with domesticated animals providing energy for plowing and transport and manure for fertilization  Intensive agriculture – agriculture with irrigation, fertilization, and machines  Foraging – come combination of hunting, gathering, and fishing – o Consequences?  Populations increased  Social organizations developed to regulate population and resources  Development of tribes, chiefdoms, and state-level societies  Costs and benefits of states: o Benefits: new discoveries and inventions including:  Spinning and weaving  Pottery, bricks, and arched masonry  Smelting and casting of metals  Trade and commerce by land and sea  Markets, streets, temples, and palaces  Sculpture and mural art  Writing systems  Weights and measures  Calendars, astronomy, and architecture o Costs:  Food producers must work harder than foragers  Long distance trade  Everyone must work  Require specialties  Social stratification (classes)  Citizens are forced to serve in armies or projects  Taxes and tribute  Health declines  Environment suffers  nomadic egalitarian band-level societies


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