ANT 348 • Human Origins and Evolution
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.
Students will need to participate in lab sessions (2 hours per week) in addition to the lecture hour. All labs will meet in EPS 2.102. Please refer to the course schedule for lab times.