Categories Anthropology I

I.2.5 Principles and types of descent (Unilineal, Double, Bilateral, Ambilineal);

Descent refers to a person’s affiliation and association with his/her kinsman. Descent Group comprises of people having a common ancestor, the common ancestor can either be a living, non living or mythical being like an animal, tree, human being, thunder etc. Principles of descent can be divided into two distinct types a. Unilineal and b. […]

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I.9.3 Concept of genetic polymorphism and selection

Genetic polymorphism is defined as the occurrence together in the same habitat at the same time of two or more distinct forms of a species in such proportions that the rarest of them cannot be maintained merely by recurrent mutation. Genetic polymorphism can also be defined as the occurrence in the samepopulation of two or […]

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I.10 Human physique and somatotypes.

The term somatotype is used in the system of classification of human physical types developed by U.S. psychologist W.H. Sheldon. In Sheldon’s system, human beings can be classified as to body build in terms of three extreme body types: endomorphic, or round, fat type; mesomorphic, or muscular type; and ectomorphic, or slim, linear type. A […]

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I.11.1 Relevance of menarche, menopause and other bioevents to fertility.

Relevance of menarche Menarche is the first menstrual cycle. It is considered the central event of female puberty, as it signals the possibility of fertility. Girls experience menarche within a range of different ages after attaining puberty. The timing of menarche is influenced by female biology, as well as genetic and environmental factors, especially nutritional […]

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I.5.7 magico- religious functionaries- Shaman

The term shaman is either derived from the Tungus language of Central Siberia or Sanskrit. The concept covers many disparate things rather than a clear unified concept. From the northern-Arctic phenomenon to cover any ecstatic behaviour. It is the term for a unique sort of spiritual-medical-political specialist found among the Siberians, Greenlanders, North American tribes, […]

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