Citizen Science Summary
On my trip to ASU I was introduced to anthropology. I was taught the basics of anthropology—Lucy; Lucy is one of If not the first of our ancestors to have been discovered by scientists. I was shown the similarities and differences between our skulls with primates who have been significant in the study of human development. I enjoyed seeing the different casts of animals on the tables; It allowed me to view and study their structure and compare it to my own, whether it was with my feet, hands, spine, or skull. One thing I learned that has stuck with me is the difference between human eyes and some other rather large eyes; humans had adapted to hunting and are still being active during the day, which is why we have grown to have much smaller eyes than other animals who hunt at night, showing how there are some similarities in our way of life even during the 21st century. Anthropology is not only the study of human development from out flesh and bones, but also a study of cultural development and human nature. It is seeing how our way of life has changed as the centuries have gone by, ranging from thousands to hundreds of years ago. Overall, the trip to ASU greatly expanded my knowledge on the study of humans and gave me background information on the history of humans and anthropology and some of its milestones.