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

Spring 2004

ANT 348 • Human Origins & Evolution

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
26755 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
EPS 2.102

Course Description

Students must also attend one of the following labs, all of which meet in EPS 2.102: 26755 W 6-8:00, 26760 Th 4-6:00, 26765 T 2-4:00, 26770 F 9-11:00

This course examines the evidence for human evolution as reconstructed from the fossil record and from patterns of anatomical, behavioral, and genetic similarity and difference among living primates. A wide range of evidence from the natural and social sciences is presented to reconstruct human phylogeny, to understand past anatomical and behavioral adaptations, and to view hominids as members of diverse animal and plant communities. Laboratory sessions will serve to introduce the student to the range of human fossil material and the various techniques used to study the fossil record. The study of human evolution is eclectic, requiring many kinds of knowledge. Our goal is to understand what happened in human evolution and why.


* Klein, R.G. 1999. The Human Career. The University of Chicago Press. Second edition. * Kappelman, J. 2001. Virtual Laboratories in Physical Anthropology. Wadsworth Publishing Company. CD ROM. Edition 3.0. * Sourcebook and lab material. A number of required readings from the primary literature, plus the laboratory readings and assignments, will be available from Abel?s Copies at 715 W. 23rd St. Suite D (472-5353).


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