Defining homo sapiens-sapiens: anthropological approach

  • Carolina Valdebenito Universidad de Chile


This paper reflects on the similarities and differences between human beings and animals as members of systems in permanent interaction.

The main goal is to define homo, reviewing his/her biological and cultural evolution and reflecting on the animal social behaviors that still remain in Homo sapiens-sapiens. The paper reflect on the moral dilemmas present in humans as cultural beings, taking as example the ethical dilemmas of violence and incest.

Author Biography

Antropóloga Social, Magíster en Salud Pública. Colaboradora del Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios en Bioética de la Universidad de Chile, Chile.




Keywords anthropology, human being, animal, violence, incest
How to Cite
Valdebenito, C. (2007). Defining homo sapiens-sapiens: anthropological approach. Acta Bioethica, 13(1). Retrieved from