The new biological anthropology: Bringing Washburn's new physical anthropology into 2010 and beyond - The 2008 AAPA luncheon lecture

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Abstract

Nearly 60 years ago, Sherwood Washburn issued a call for a "New Physical Anthropology," a transition from measurement and classification toward a focus on the processes and mechanisms of evolutionary change. He advocated multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to the understanding of human behavior, biology, and history. Many interpret this as a call for a practice that is both biological and anthropological. Is this what we do? Are we biological anthropologists yet? In this essay, I explore what we, Physical Anthropologists, as a discipline are doing in the context of a New Physical Anthropology, where we might be headed, and why this discussion is crucial to our relevance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-12
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume143
Issue numberSUPPL. 51
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Anatomy

Keywords

  • Sherwood Washburn
  • biological anthropology
  • evolutionary theory
  • new physical anthropology

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