Biocultural evolution

Biocultural evolution

Biocultural evolution is an evolutionary process that is the result of culture's interaction with biology throughout human evolutionary history.

The human predispositon for culture is perhaps one of the most critical aspects of human evolution and as such has had significant effects both on human and nonhuman biology.

Some examples of biocultural adaptations would be lactose tolerance, the maintenance of the sickle-cell allele in some tropical populations, and cold adaptation.


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