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Darwin and Wallace realized that similar pressures operate in nature. Living creatures produce more offspring than can generally be expected to survive and reproduce. For the thousands of tadpoles that hatch from eggs, few live to maturity. Similarly, only a small number of the seeds from a maple tree germinate and grow into trees. In recognizing the validity of this fact, Darwin and Wallace realized that there would be selection in which organisms survived. What factors would determine their survival?

5 artifacts, p. 5 biological anthropology, p. 2 cultural anthropology, p. 8 deductive method, p. 14 ethnoarchaeology, p. 6 ethnocentrism, p. 13 ethnography, p. 9 ethnohistory, p. 13 ethnology, p. 9 ethnomusicology, p. 15 ethnopoetics, p. 15 fossils, p. 2 historical linguistics, p. 8 holistic, p. 12 hypothesis, p. 14 inductive method, p. 13 linguistic anthropology, p. 6 linguistics, p. 6 middens, p. 5 paleoanthropology, p. 2 participant observation, p. 9 primates, p. 3 primatology, p. 3 scientific method, p.

The scientist and the humanist use different ­approaches and perspectives when examining the natural world. Anthropologists employ a humanistic-interpretive approach in many circumstances. James Peacock uses another type of analogy to discuss the difference between the scientific and the humanisticinterpretive approaches in anthropology (1986). Peacock draws from the field of photography to construct his analogy. He discusses the “harsh light” of the rigor of scientific analysis, used to study the biological and material Introduction to Anthropology 15 conditions of a society, versus the “soft focus” used when interpreting the symbols, art, literature, religion, or music of different societies.

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