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ANT 103 - Intro Physical Anthropology

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is a study of human biological variability across space and time. The course utilizes the analytical tools of evolution and ecological analysis to track the evolution of human nature across prehistory. Emphasis is placed on the interdependency of the logics of basic Mendelian genetics and of the Darwinian theory of natural selection. This framework is used to organize and interpret holistically evidence of human evolution drawn from human paleontology, prehistoric archeology and primatology.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. State the nature of physical anthropology understood within the context of general anthropology.
  2. Apply the tools of evolutionism and ecological analysis to the case of evolving human nature.
  3. Explain the sources of variability in inherited traits by applying Mendelian logic.
  4. Discuss specific cases the logic of Darwin’s theory of natural selection.
  5. Describe and explain the stages of human evolutionary development from prehistoric times down to recent times.
  6. Locate humanity within nature by applying evidence from primatology.
Listed Topics
  1. Physical anthropology
  2. Human paleontology
  3. Evolution
  4. Ecology
  5. Natural selection
  6. Prehistory
  7. Primatology
Reference Materials
A textbook, parallel readings, videotapes and films, study guides, library resources and reference materials, lectures, and discussion.
Approved By: Johnson, Alex Date Approved: 05/18/2009

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