IN NORMAL TIMES, we would spend the last class day talking about the same thing we talked about on the first day of class: What makes us human? Over the semester we have tackled this from numerous angles and interrogated the idea of how we can define something so complex yet also so integral to anthropology.
Reading the news it is easy to get sad, depressed, and fairly pessimistic about our species.
How we can respond to pandemics Goal Learn about previous responses to pandemics and how biological anthropology can help us to respond to covid-1919.
As a team we want to think about what the response to other pandemics tells us and how it can be used.
Tasks Questions to answer before this assignment Don’t worry if you don’t know the answers here. This is just to get you thinking…
Kabwe The Kabwe fossil comes from the site of Broken Hill, Zambia (the nearby town is now known as Kabwe, and thus some prefer this term to refer to the site and cultural remains). The site was located on a small hill (referred to as a kopje) that was originally around 15 meters high. However, mining for zinc and copper had erased the hill from the landscape by 1930.
The sample from Ngandong consists of the cranial vaults and 2 lower leg bones of about a dozen hominins. They were found in the 1930s near the Solo River in Ngandong, Java and are sometimes refered to as “Solo Man. St one point were given the species name Homo soloensis. The majority of researchers follow the work of Santa Luca who suggested that they belong to the Homo erectus group, though some experts suggest the name Homo erectus soloensis.
Mojokerto This fossil of a juvenile Homo erectus comes from near Perning in East Java, Indonesia. The calvaria is almost complete. It is known “Mojokerto” or “Perning 1” and is ~ 630 cm3. The age at death of the individual is unknown. Some suggest it might be ~8 years old but others put it around 6-18 months. Its species status is also debated and has been placed in Homo soloensis, Pithecanthropus modjokertensis, Homo erectus, & Australopithecus.