Introduction to anthropology
Assignment Please complete the following:
1. on page 49 in your text, Diop refers to “The mutation from Negroid to Cro-Magnon did not happen overnight. There was a long transition period of more than 15,000 years, corresponding to the appearance of numerous intermediate types between the Negroid and the Europoid, without any occurrence of interbreeding.” Elsewhere Diop writes that there is a whole new field for investigating origins of humanity, which he did not live to conduct his work therein. This is the field of genetics which traces the mitochondrial DNA of the mother, leading to the African Eve, out of Africa studies. Please do some research on African Eve and why it has been important in the study of origins. Summarize your findings. 2. What do these words mean: homo sapiens and homo sapiens sapiens. on pages 56-57 in your text there are pictures. What is the significance of these pictures (recall the waves of migration out of Africa that Prof. Runoko Rashidi talked about in the slide show he presented at Ohio State University, which we saw in class)? 3. Why does Diop include a section on the Pharaoh Ramses ll (pp. 65 ff) in his book? 4. Do some research on Australian Aborigines; who were/are they; what do they look like; what happened to them; what is their social and economic condition today? (Recall Prof. Rashidi’s discussion of the second wave of migrations out of Africa and the Aborigines. This is in preparation for us reviewing a film called “Rabbit Proof Fence” in class. Return your writings next Wednesday (or before if you like)
by Arthur Cheikh Anta Doiop (lawrence Hill Book)1991 English Edition.