ANT 301 • Physical Anthropology
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
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.