ANT 391L • Early Human Evolution and Paleoecology
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This seminar examines the early stages of human evolution in Africa starting from the last common great-ape ancestor up through the origin of the Genus Homo. We will examine closely the fossil record of the earliest hominins, which has benefited from many recent discoveries, looking at the behavioral and morphological adaptations that characterize the earliest stages of human evolution. We'll approach these adaptations from the perspective of paleoecology, looking at the possible interplay between paleoclimatic change, paleoenvironment and human evolution. The seminar will integrate aspects of human anatomy, functional morphology, systematics, biogeography, and climate change, along with evolutionary and behavioral ecology.