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

Fall 2003

ANT 301 • Physical Anthropology (self-paced)

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
26615 -TBA


Course Description

Mandatory orientation session Wednesday, August 27th, 4-5:00 in WCH 1.120. This course is designed to introduce students to the study of physical anthropology. During the semester you will investigate numerous and diverse subjects including an introduction to modern evolutionary theory, sexual reproduction, human genetics, variation in populations of modern humans, mammalian phylogeny, primate behavior, biology, and ecology, the fossil record of primate and human evolution, and archaeology. The diversity of these topics will help you to think about the different areas of physical anthropology in an integrated way and help you to better understand the place of humans in the world.

To successfully complete this course, the student must be able to learn the material without the benefit of a lecture and laboratory session. The only meeting of the course is the initial orientation meeting. Students are responsible for setting their own proper study pace for the course, but must comply with due dates for the exams and assignments. This class is not less time consuming than other classes, but it permits the student latitude in arranging the course schedule, barring procrastination. The course may be completed before the end of the semester by working in a more concentrated manner early in the semester. Any student who has not started the course by the end of the third week of the semester will receive a zero for assignments.


The following materials are required for the course: "Essentials of Physical Anthropology, Jurmain, Nelson, Kilgore, & Trevathan, 2001, 5th edition. "Virtual Laboratories for Physical Anthropology on CD-ROM, Kappelman, 2002, 3rd edition (version 3.0).


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