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ANTH 101 - Introduction to Anthropology - Textbook

OER Textbook for Anthropology 101, Hostos Community College

Skin Color is an Illusion

"Nina Jablonski says that differing skin colors are simply our bodies' adaptation to varied climates and levels of UV exposure. Charles Darwin disagreed with this theory, but she explains, that's because he did not have access to NASA." Click on the link or picture below to access the assigned video.

Screen shot of Nina Jablonski's Ted talk "Skin Color is an Illusion"

Mendelian Genetics

"Paul Andersen explains simple Mendelian genetics. He begins with a brief introduction of Gregor Mendel and his laws of segregation and independent assortment. He then presents a number of simple genetics problems along with their answers. He also explains how advances in genetic knowledge may lead to ethical and privacy concerns." Click on the link or picture below to access the assigned video.

Mendelian Genetics by Paul Andersen from Bozeman Science

Human Family Tree

"Homo Sapiens - The species that you and all other living human beings on this planet belong to is Homo sapiens. During a time of dramatic climate change 300,000 years ago, Homo sapiens evolved in Africa. Like other early humans that were living at this time, they gathered and hunted food, and evolved behaviors that helped them respond to the challenges of survival in unstable environments." Click on the link or picture below to access the assigned reading.

Picture of a human family tree which is found on the Smithsonia website and has embedded link tied to different primates pictured on the graphic

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens

"Fossils discovered in Morocco are the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens, scientists reported on Wednesday, a finding that rewrites the story of mankind’s origins and suggests that our species evolved in multiple locations across the African continent." Click on the link below to access the assigned reading.

Skull of Homo Erectus

"A haul of fossils found in Georgia suggests that half a dozen species of early human ancestor were actually all Homo erectus." Click on the link below to access the assigned reading.

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