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

Jaime Mata-Miguez

M.A. Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

Jaime Mata-Miguez



Ancient DNA, human population genetics, Native American population history

ANT S301 • Physical Anthropology

81095 • Summer 2015
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm 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.

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