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Biological anthropologists study the evolutionary origins of all humans, and the variation that exists among contemporary populations, as well as how biological variation existed in past populations. They consider how the environment, genes, and culture interact to shape human biology in the past and present.
Some key areas of focus:
Faculty and students study the ways in which humans have adapted to extreme environments, such as high altitude.
Faculty and students study the genetic basis and evolutionary origins of human diseases.
Faculty and students study the role of nutrition in shaping growth and development, and human health over the life course.
Some key questions:
What were our ancestors like?
What are the biological bases of uniquely human traits, as they compare to living and extinct primates?
How can we explain physical variation among human populations?