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Encyclopedia > Human biology

Human biology is an interdisciplinary academic field of biology, biological anthropology, and medicine which focuses on humans; it is closely related to primate biology, and a number of other fields. Interdisciplinary work is that which integrates concepts across different disciplines. ... This is a list of academic disciplines (and academic fields). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Physical anthropology, sometimes called biological anthropology, studies the mechanisms of biological evolution, genetic inheritance, human adaptability and variation, primatology, primate morphology, and the fossil record of human evolution. ... medicines, see medication and pharmacology. ... Trinomial name Homo sapiens sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Humans, or human beings, are bipedal primates belonging to the mammalian species Homo sapiens (Latin: wise man or knowing man) in the family Hominidae (the great apes). ... Families 15, See classification A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans. ...

Human biology research encompasses:

While undisputed boundaries do not exist, human biology is typically distinguished from conventional medical research by an enhanced focus on international, population-level perspectives on health, and on human evolution, adaptation, and population genetics rather than individual diagnosis. Genetic variation is the variation in the genetic material of a population, and includes the nuclear, mitochodrial, ribosomal genomes as well as the genomes of other organelles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A degenerative disease is a disease in which the function or structure of the affected tissues or organs will progressively deteriorate over time, whether due to normal bodily wear or lifestyle choices such as exercise or eating habits. ... This false-colored electron micrograph shows a malaria sporozoite migrating through the midgut epithelia. ... Human development is the process of growing to maturity. ... Biodemography (bio ∙ demography [bio-di-mog-ruh-fee] - noun) is the science dealing with the integration of biology and demography. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A biological adaptation is an anatomical structure, physiological process or behavioral trait of an organism that has evolved over a period of time by the process of natural selection such that it increases the expected long-term reproductive success of the organism. ... Population genetics is the study of the distribution of and change in allele frequencies under the influence of the four evolutionary forces: natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, and migration. ... In general, a diagnosis (plural diagnoses) has two distinct dictionary definitions. ...

External links

  • Human Biology Association
  • Society for the Study of Human Biology Symposium Series

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The Human Biology major represents an interdisciplinary liberal science degree and is appropriate for students who want a broad background in the fields that comprise biological sciences.
The Human Biology curriculum has strong foundations in the core biological disciplines of biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, cell biology and genetics.
If you are interested in the Human Biology major, or if you would like more information, use the Advising Appointment System and select "Natural Science" to make an appointment.
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Human evolution is characterized by a number of important physiological trends, including the expansion of the brain cavity and brain itself, which is typically 1,400 cm³ in volume, over twice that of a chimpanzee or gorilla.
Humans study the more physical aspects of the mind and brain, and by extension of the nervous system, in the field of neurology, the more behavioral in the field of psychology, and a sometimes loosely-defined area between in the field of psychiatry, which treats mental illness and behavioral disorders.
Human ecology is an academic discipline that investigates how humans and human societies interact with both their natural environment and the human social environment.
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