Introduction to Human Evolution

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The central theme of this class is the scientific study of human evolution. This is an interdisciplinary endeavor that combines many kinds of scientific evidence—primate behavior and ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, comparative anatomy, geology, paleontology, and archaeology—that together produce a coherent picture of the emergence, development, and diversification of our species, Homo sapiens. This is an introduction to the field of Biological Anthropology, the science that deals with the adaptations, variability, and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives, in the context of human culture and behavior. The class is divided into three interrelated sections: Part I (principles and processes of evolution), Part II (the place of humans in nature and the earliest members of the human lineage), and Part III (later members of the human lineage and modern human diversity).

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