Physical anthropologists combine biological and cultural research to study how the human species developed and how that history shapes our existence. The legacy of seven million years of evolutionary change impacts us in many ways, including our health, genetics, and appearance. Meanwhile, our extensive cultural development sets us apart from other animals and constantly impacts our lives.
In this introductory anthropology camp, participants will examine how physical, biochemical, fossil, and cultural evidence can be used to build a picture of how humans evolved. Labs explore early human evolution, modern human variation, and the interaction of our biology and culture.
- test hypotheses about human evolution using modern anthropometric and physiological lab techniques;
- investigate what Ötzi the Iceman, a 5300-year-old mummy from Italy, tells us about how our ancestors lived in the Copper Age;
- analyze their own DNA for variations in olfactory receptors and examine the evolution of the sense of smell in humans; and
- examine materials from the eugenics movement to learn how misunderstandings about genetic variation in modern humans were used inappropriately to engineer American society.
Being Human is for students entering grades 11-12.
Tuition is $575 and includes all materials. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Friday.