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Britteny M. Howell & Andrew Shooner

In: 21st Century Anthropology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 6: Human Biocultural Diversity

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Human Biocultural Diversity
Human biocultural diversity

This chapter focuses on human diversity as seen in both culture and biology. Of the innumerable ways humans can be culturally diverse, this chapter briefly discusses just a handful of characteristics such as religion and belief, social organization, gender, sexual orientation, and even the cultural constructs of race and ethnicity. In addition, a few features of human biological diversity will be discussed such as skin, hair, and eye color and body structure and stature.

Skin color, hair texture and color, nose form, stature, and even eye color are just some of the observable aspects of human biological diversity that have served as adaptations to environmental and geographic conditions. Anthropologists strive to teach physical diversity in terms of geographic clines, gradual changes ...

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