INTRO TO ANTHROPOLOGY LN1 - ONLINE MEDIA
Professor Reymers - Spring 2019


Online Media 3:

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Watch In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel), and answer the following questions (if you're having a hard time finding the answers, the time markers indicate roughly the minute within which each answer can be found. But for context, it is important that you watch the video in its entirety).

1. In 1969 what did Richard Leakey and his team discover in Africa? (~3 min)

2. What was the change that happened to our understanding of the path of human origins as a result of the above discovery? (~4 min)

3. What was the Great Rift Valley of Africa like 5 million years ago? (~7 min)

4. What geographical features led to different adaptations for humans and chimpanzees? (~1 min)

5. What was the important adaptation that developed, as evidenced by fossilized footprints discovered at Laetoli? (~12 min)

6. What were the physical characteristics of the young hominid Australopithecenes found in Steigfontein cave and in Ethiopia (nicknamed Lucy)? (~17 min)

7. What species was found near the edges of Lake Turkana and what were the new physical differences in the skeleton from earlier species from which he evolved?(~21 min)

8. How many migrations from Africa were there according to the genetic evidence produced by the Khoi San people? Explain. (~30 min)

9. What force of nature trapped Homo sapiens in Africa and drove Australopithecenes and Homo ergaster to extinction? (~34 min)

10. What is the nickname given to the fossil evidence from Omo Kibbish dated to 130,000 years ago, and why was it given that nickname? (~44 min)

SUBMIT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT: ANTH3

Due by Friday, Feb 8, 5pm

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to email me, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH#" if you do).

 


Online Media 2:
Evidence for Evolution

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Evidence for Evolution from StatedClearly.com (YouTube 11:22)

1. What are the two main claims of the theory of evolution?

2. What are the lines of evidence that support the claims of evolutionary theory?

3. How many different species are estimated to be living today?

4. How does evidence from comparative anatomy suggest that whales and other cetaceans evolved from a pre-existing four-legged land creature?

5. How does embryology help to confirm our suspicions that whales are closer to mammals than to fish in their evolutionary development?

6. How does fossil evidence from the ancient creatures called Basilosaurad and Maiacetus suggest that whales descended from these creatures?

7. How do DNA comparisons help to confirm our suspicions that whales evolved from a four-legged land creature?

SUBMIT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT: ANTH2

Due by Friday, Feb 1, 5pm

Credit for your answers will be shown on
the online grades page (once opened).

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email,
or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).

 


Online Media 1:
Introductory Video

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Watch the video Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology" (YouTube, 5:26) and answer the following questions:

1. What is the definition of anthropology according to the video?

2. When and why did early anthropologists study customs and beliefs in pre-industrial societies?

3. What is the main argument of Marcel Mauss's book "The Gift"?

4. What explanation makes sense of pre-industrial people's belief in witchcraft (according to E.Evans-Pritchard?)

5. What is an example of feminist anthropology?

6. What was the thesis and result of Clifford Geertz's "Interpretation of Cultures"?

7. What is the value of historical ethnography?

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
to: reymers@morrisville.edu, with the SUBJECT: ANTH1

Due by Friday, Jan 25, 5pm

Credit for your answers will be shown on
the online grades page (once opened).

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email,
or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).


 

Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me. For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "ANTH3." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 3" or "anth 3 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier to organize your responses and read what you have written). You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details! - Regards, Prof Reymers