Mythic Field: Biological Anthropology
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BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

Biological anthropology is unique in straddling both anthropology and the biological sciences more broadly. For both of these fields, the University of Cambridge is considered by many to be the world-leading institution offering the best possible environment to students wanting to study or conduct research in Biological Anthropology.  This may involve observing gorillas and/or chimpanzees in the Congo, tracking the routes taken by ancient hominins in eastern Africa, mapping gene and language boundaries in Australasia and the Pacific Islands, collecting skeletal data in top-tier museums across Europe, investgating child worm infestations in Bangladesh, or digging up archaeological sites in places like China, Italy, Vietnam, or Spain...
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Biological anthropology is unique in straddling both anthropology and the biological sciences more broadly. For both of these fields, the University of Cambridge is considered by many to be the world-leading institution offering the best possible environment to students wanting to study or conduct research in Biological Anthropology.  This may involve observing gorillas and/or chimpanzees in the Congo, tracking the routes taken by ancient hominins in eastern Africa, mapping gene and language boundaries in Australasia and the Pacific Islands, collecting skeletal data in top-tier museums across Europe, investgating child worm infestations in Bangladesh, or digging up archaeological sites in places like China, Italy, Vietnam, or Spain...
Within the field of physical anthropology there are many different areas of focus. Paleoanthropology studies the evolution of primates and hominids from the fossil record and from what can be determined through comparative anatomy and studies of social structure and behavior from our closest living relatives. Primatologists study prosimians, monkeys and apes, using this work to understand the features that make each group distinct and those that link groups together. Skeletal biology concentrates on the study of anatomically modern humans, primarily from archaeological sites, and aims to understand the diseases and conditions these past people experienced prior to dying...
Physical/ biological anthropology is the study of the past and present evolution of the human species and is especially concerned with understanding the causes of present human diversity. Within this broad definition it encompasses fields as disparate as human palaeontology, evolutionary biology, human genetics, comparative anatomy and physiology, primate behaviour, human behavioural ecology, and human biology. Human biology broadly covers the areas of modern human biological variation, human ecology, nutrition and demography. What makes physical/ biological anthropology unique is that it brings all of these areas to bear on our understanding of the human condition...
Where do we come from? Where are we going? These are some of the big questions biological anthropology seeks to answer, using the principles of evolution as a backdrop for formulating and testing hypotheses about humanity's past, present, and future. From this evolutionary perspective, biological anthropologists study whether it is possible to create a world that is free of health disparities between cultures, or how the last wild apes can coexist side-by-side with humans that live sustainably...
Where do we come from? Where are we going? These are some of the big questions biological anthropology seeks to answer, using the principles of evolution as a backdrop for formulating and testing hypotheses about humanity's past, present, and future. From this evolutionary perspective, biological anthropologists study whether it is possible to create a world that is free of health disparities between cultures, or how the last wild apes can coexist side-by-side with humans that live sustainably...
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