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Bio Anthropology Lecture 9 Notes

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Bio Anthropology Lecture 9 Notes ANTH1013 001

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Lucas Delezene
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Date Created: 02/16/16
University of Arkansas ANTH 1013 – Intro to Biological Anthropology Delezene   Bio Anthropology: Lecture 9 Notes (notes going towards exam 1) What do we need for evolution to occur? -biological evolution: a change in allele frequency over time -allelic variation is needed (heritable variation) -alleles are constantly being created by mutations -once variation is present, genetic drift, gene flow, and natural selection take over -can humans evolve? YES Geographic variation among humans: skin color -the amount and distribution of melanin, a pigment, causes the variation we observe in skin tones -melanin: a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals Skin color variation: UV radiation -UV radiation: -shows a latitudinal gradient –being most intense at the equator and weakening in intensity towards the poles -shows an elevational gradient – being more intense at higher altitudes -induces mutation in skin – leads to skin cancers -dark skin acts as a natural sun block -the role of UV radiation: folate destruction: -destroys folate – important chemical for cells when they’re rapidly dividing **women are often advised to take folate supplements during pregnancy Sunlight and vitamin D production -there is at least one benefit associated with exposing skin to the sun -vitamin D is manufactured in the skin when struck by the sun University of Arkansas ANTH 1013 – Intro to Biological Anthropology Delezene   -if dark skin reflects radiation more effectively than light skin, then does light or dark skin manufacture vitamin D more readily? Skin color distribution: the big picture -skin color is a balancing act between the evolutionary demands of photo - protection and the need to create vitamin D in the skin -we can buffer vitamin D deficiencies with diet Bio cultural evolution: lactose digestion -lactose (milk sugar) is broken down by the enzyme lactase -the typical state (phenotype) for adult humans and all other mammals is to not be able to digest milk sugar is lactose intolerant -gradually stop manufacturing lactase after the weaning period -weaning: accustom (an infant or other young mammal) to food other than its mother's milk Lactase persistence and natural selection -high frequency of lactase persistence associated with cultures that frequently consume milk -adaptation has evolved multiple times independently Bio cultural evolution: sickle-cell trait and malaria -according to some estimates, malaria has been the number one infectious killer of humans throughout our evolutionary history -recently as of 2004, 1.8 million people are estimated to have died from malarial infection -sickle-cell hemoglobin protects from malarial infection Natural selection and malaria -heterozygote advantage: the heterozygotes have a higher fitness than either homozygote -balanced polymorphism: stable frequencies of alleles Natural selection: human body size & shape -Allen’s rule: endotherms from cold regions have shorter limbs than populations from warmer regions -Bergmann’s rule: endotherms in cold regions tend to be larger in body size than those from warmer regions -cold-adapted populations tend to be shorter and stockier with shorter limbs University of Arkansas ANTH 1013 – Intro to Biological Anthropology Delezene   -warm-adapted populations tend to be taller, more linear, and have longer limbs **the difference in body shape relates to heat loss -in tropical climates, human body shape is adapted for losing heat -in cold climates, human body shape is adapted to retain heat Human biological variation: genetic drift -old order Amish trace their ancestry to as few as 200 German immigrants, and they don’t practice exogamy with other groups -have experienced a lot of genetic drift and rare traits elsewhere are now common -Ellis-van Creveld syndrome -PKU: incidence in non-Amish is about 1/10,000 – for Amish it’s about 1/1,000 -the colony of Tristan de Cunha was founded by 15 people in 1814 – one of them was heterozygous for a recessive disorder called retinitis pigmentosa -today the frequency of that allele in the descendants is 10x higher on Tristan than in the UK Examples of genetic drift: -Ashkenazi Jews formed a fairly isolated gene pool in Europe with little exogamy -their descendants have elevated frequencies of some rare traits -Tay-Sachs syndrome: 1/25 Ashkenazi Jews are estimated to be carriers of the recessive allele Human biological variation: gene flow -African American populations have rates of European admixture of up to 25% in the US Human variation: special patterns in allele frequencies -cline: the gradual change in allele frequency across space Acclimatization -acclimatization is not the same as adaptation -adaptation: the outcome of natural selection – population’s gene pool evolved to meet the demands of the environment -acclimatization: a change of an individual’s phenotype in response to changing environment conditions University of Arkansas ANTH 1013 – Intro to Biological Anthropology Delezene   -in response to decreasing partial pressure of oxygen at high altitudes, the body responds by producing more red blood cells SAMPLE QUESTIONS + ANSWERS • Which of the following is true of dark -skinned people? -they have lower rates of UV radiation induced mutations than light-skinned people, they have reduced rates of folate destruction compared to light-skinned people, they have a reduced ability to produce vitamin D compared to light-skinned people (all of the above) • Which of the following “rules” states that endotherms from colder climates tend to be larger in body size than their tropical relatives? -Bergmann’s rule • The gradual change in allele frequency across space is known as… -a cline • The elevated frequency of Ellis-van Creveld syndrome in old order Amish is an example of… -the founders effect  


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