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Next Week: High Altitude Cultures

Evolution and Mountain Sickness.
Sherpas, Andeans, Ethiopean Highlander’s different adaptations to the high altitude environment.

Handout for Tuesday’s lecture:

High Altitude Cultures

Reading for tuesday:


Read also:



Genes at high altitude

Writing Assignment (due in class on 10/18/11, next tuesday):

Describe how Tenzing Norgay is better adapted to high altitude than Sir Edmund Hillary. Describe how evolution might have caused differences in susceptibility to mountain sickness between Sherpas and sea level folks (people of English extraction like Hillary).

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Joe Alcock

Emergency Physician, Educator, Researcher, interested in the microbiome, evolution, and medicine

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