Spring 2018





Introduction to Human Evolution

Term: 
Spring 2017
Online: 
No
Subject Area: 
ANTHROPOLOGY (ANTH)
Course Number: 
ANTH 003 601
Schedule: 
Wednesday 5:30pm-8:30pm
Day(s): 
Wednesday
Instructor: 

MITCHELL, PAUL J

Secondary Program: 
Young Scholars Program
Course Note: 
Living World (Sector Requirement)
Course Description: 

This course is an introduction to the study of human evolution, an interdisciplinary endeavor incorporating evolutionary biology, genetics, paleontology, archaeology, and the brain and behavioral sciences, as well as other disciplines. We will survey the major evidence of human evolution from our primate heritage to recent human adaptation and migration, with special emphasis on comparing and contrasting different kinds of theory and evidence to understand the bio-cultural evolution of Homo sapiens. Major topics will include evolutionary mechanisms and processes, the fossil record of human evolution, the genetic evidence of evolution and adaptation, the archeological record and Paleolithic lifeways, primatology, the role of culture in human social and cognitive evolution, and the relevance of human evolutionary studies in the modern world.