University of Cambridge Anthropology

University of Cambridge Anthropology

Biological Anthropology at Cambridge

Biological Anthropology is a thriving, highly-interdisciplinary subject, which has grown significantly in recent years, both in number of senior researchers and the size of its undergraduate and graduate community.

Biological Anthropology has been taught at Cambridge for over 30 years and has trained professional who are now working in the field throughout the world. Biological Anthropology at Cambridge is one of the only programmes of its kind in the United Kingdom.

Research conducted in Cambridge covers a wide range of areas, from primate behaviour, to primate and human evolutionary genetics, human population biology and ecology, Palaeolithic archaeology and evolutionary anthropology.

What is biological anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of humans in comparative perspective – comparing societies and cultures, looking at change over time, exploring human diversity. Biological Anthropology takes this comparative approach in terms of human evolution and adaptation: comparisons between humans and other animals to understand human uniqueness and biological continuity; comparisons across time to unravel the evolutionary history of hominins over the last 5 million years; investigating variation in human development and health, exploring the mechanisms that underly population differences today and in the past; and looking at individual behaviour in terms of evolution and adaptation and its underlying cognitive basis.