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Intro to Anthropology notes, week 3

by: Jessieka Little

Intro to Anthropology notes, week 3 AN 1103

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Notes for lectures 4-6!
Introduction to Anthropology
Professor Darcy Miller
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Anthropology, evolution, Archaeology
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Date Created: 09/01/16
Lecture 4: 8/26/16 ● The context of Cultural History: archaeologists trying to figure out the order of things ● Lewis Binford (1931-2011) ● Ph.D. Michigan ● Influenced by Leslie White to an extent ● Energy capture - yes ● Neo-evolutionary stages - no ● Taught at Chicago, UCLA, UNM, SMU ● Processual Archaeology - ARCHAEOLOGY SHOULD BE A SCIENCE ● One of, if not the most, influential archaeologists ever ● Ecology matters ● The Post-Modern Critique ● History Matters ● Placing people into neo-evolutionary stages strips away historical context, which is worthy of exploration ● Academic Discourse is messy, and oftentimes leads to strange bedfellows ● Breakdown the arguments into arguments/themes ● Visualize them as a pendulum (back and forth) ● Trace their intellectual path ● Post-Processual Archaeology- Archaeology should be a history Nature vs Nurture Ethnocentrism vs Relativism Stages vs Trajectories Environment vs History Lecture 5: 8/29/16 ● Carolus Linneaus (1707-1778) ● Swedish Botanist ● Binomial species nomenclature ● Nested hierarchy ● Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genera, Species ● Jean Baptiste Lamark (1744-1829) ● Were fossils ancestors of living forms? ● Argued that organisms have: 1.) the ability to change in response to the environment 2.) The ability to activate this change when current form is obsolete ● Laws of Use and Disuse ● Charles Darwin (1808-1882) ● Common origin ● Natural selection Mutations produce variation Variation best suited for current environment will produce more offspring than others ● Lamark/Transformation vs. Darwin/Variation ● Fitness - measured by offspring that survive and reproduce ● Three principles Variation Heredity Natural Selection ● Driving force: "struggle for existence" ● Particulate inheritance ● Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) ● Austrian Monk ● Plant experiments (peas) ● Traits not blended from one generation to the next ● More discrete (separated) and probablistic ● Dominant versus recessive "particles" (genes) ● Principle of segregation Individual gets one particle for each trait from each parent ● William Bateson (1908) ● Homozygous vs. heterozygous ● Alleles - different forms a gene may take ● Chromosomes - store the DNA that contain hereditary info ● Mitosis vs. Meiosis ● Discontinuous vs Continuous variation Polygeny - many genes interacting Pleintropy - a single gene may control multiple traits ● 1950's- Structure of chromosomes identified (i.e. DNA) ● Watson ● Crick ● Rosalind Franklin ● Genome- all the genetic information of an organism, carried on the chromosomes in the cell nucleus ● Genotype- Genetic info in DNA ● Phenotype- Physical characteristics as determined by DNA ● Norm of reaction- Range of phenotypic outcomes for a given genotype in different environments ● Niche construction- when an organism actively perturbs the environment or moves into a different environment ● Human agency- the way people struggle, often against great odds, to exert control over there lives Individual decisions made in spite of (or bc of) social, environmental, or evolutionary constraints Lecture 6: 8/31/2016 ● James Watson's 2005 TED Talk ● "We are all just imperfect copies" ● Evolution ● Microevolution- short-termed evolution that occurs within a given species over a few generations ● Macroevolution- long-term evolutionary changes, especially their origin and diversification across space ● Species- a reproductive community of populations (reproductively isolated from others) that occupies a specific niche in nature ● Gene pool- the genes in a specific population ● Gene frequency- the frequency of gene variations in a pool ● Population genetics- a quantitative approach to study short-term evolution change in large populations ● Evolutionary processes ● Natural selection- descent with modification where 1.) variant individuals are produced because of mutation and 2.) variants best suited for current environment survive and reproduce more offspring than other variants ● Mutation- Creation of a new allele when a portion of the DNA molecule is altered (the ultimate source of all new variations) ● Gene Flow- the exchange of genes that occurs when a given population interacts with populations of the same species


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