Biological anthropologists are interested in human behavior and what role evolution, genetics, and biology play in determining why we act the way we do. In this unit, students will learn about some of the current discussions regarding aspects of human behavior and what current events may indicate about our ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
Kissel, Marc, and Nam C. Kim. 2018. “The Emergence of Human Warfare: Current Perspectives.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 168 (67): 141–163.
Schmidt, Karen L., and Jeffrey F. Cohn. 2001. “Human Facial Expressions as Adaptations: Evolutionary Questions in Facial Expression Research.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology 116 (33): 3–24.
Article: SAPIENS’ “Why Social Distancing Feels So Strange”
Podcast: SAPIENS’ “Does Generosity Come Naturally?”
TED Talk: Robert Sapolsky’s “The Biology of Our Best and Worst Selves”
Eshe Lewis (2020)