Anthropology is the study of humans in a comparative perspective - comparing societies and cultures, looking at change over time, exploring human diversity. Biological anthropology applies this comparative approach to studying human evolution and adaptation:
- comparing humans and other animals to understand human uniqueness and biological continuity
- exploring the hominin fossil and prehistoric records to unravel the processes that shaped our evolutionary history over the last 5 million years
- investigating variation in human development and health across the world to understand the mechanisms that underlie how populations differs in their response to the environment, and their resilience in the face of ecological, nutritional and social challenges today and in the past
- looking at individual behaviour in terms of evolution and adaptation and its underlying cognitive basis
- understanding the basis of human genetic variation today, its evolution, and how it shapes our susceptibility and resistance to disease
Want to find out more about biological anthropology at Cambridge?
Join us on Thursday, 2 May, 2019 for our inaugural Biological Anthropology Study Day for prospective undergraduates.
The day will include sample lectures and practical sessions on this extremely diverse field covering topics such as:
- Behavioural Ecology
- And more!
Current Year 12 students, mature students, parents/carers and teachers are more than welcome to attend.
In some cases travel bursaries may be available. Please contact our outreach coordinator, Laure Bonner, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
The event is free to attend, but booking is required. Please book here.