Activity 10: Modern Human Variation
Humans have been shaped by our evolutionary history. In this assignment, you will explore some of the variations that you learned about in the book and lectures.
Answer the questions following the instructions for each question.
Below is an image of cross-country champion Lornah Kiplagat. She has a body type often seen of Nilotic peoples: tall, long-limbed, and slender. Why is this body type adapted for warm locations?
TYPE YOUR ANSWER TO QUESTION 1 HERE.
Below is an image of two Inuit elders. Shorter, stockier bodies are typical among the Inuit, who live in the Arctic. Why is this body type adapted for cold locations?
TYPE YOUR ANSWER TO QUESTION 2 HERE.
What is an example of a short-term acclimatization, or acclimatory adjustment, other than tanning?
TYPE YOUR ANSWER TO QUESTION 3 HERE.
What is an example of a developmental adjustment?
TYPE YOUR ANSWER TO QUESTION 4 HERE.
What is an example of a genetic adaptation to a specific environmental condition other than skin color?
TYPE YOUR ANSWER TO QUESTION 5 HERE.
Lornah Kiplagat: By Erik van Leeuwen – Derivative of File:Lornah Kiplagat.jpg; original from www.erki.nl, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19934901
By Ansgar Walk – photo taken by Ansgar Walk, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=787741
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