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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Amber Heard

Physical Anthropology, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin



Education Background: BA Anthropology, University of Michigan  (2005);  MS Forensic Anthropology, Michigan State University (2008); entered UT fall 2008 and advanced to candidacy in spring of 2013.



functional morphology, evolutionary anatomy, evolution and diversity of primate locomotion with an emphasis on hominin bipedalism

ANT S301 • Physical Anthropology

81745 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am SAC 5.172
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This course is an introduction to the principles and the methods of physical anthropology.  Physical anthropology is the study of human beings in a biological context, and seeks to explain our relationship to other primates and to the rest of the natural world.  In other words, who are we? how are we unique? how, why, an when did we come to be the way we are?The study of physical anthropology requires many different types of knowledge.  Throughout the course, we will examine anatomical, behavioral, and genetic similarities and differences among living primates, learn the basic mechanisms of the evolutionary process, and trace a pathway of human evolution as reconstructed from the fossil record.  The main goal of the course is to obtain a clear understanding of our place in nature.

ANT S301 • Physical Anthropology

81985 • Summer 2013
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am SAC 5.172
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Physical anthropology is the study of primates (including humans) from a biological perspective. This course will provide you with an introduction to the field and an overview of its sub-disciplines, including the topics of primate diversity, behavior, adaptation, and evolution. 

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