ANTHRBIO 364 - Nutrition and Evolution
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
BS, NS
Advisory Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing.
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The purpose of this course is to study nutrition from an evolutionary perspective. Specifically this course will examine:

  1. the evolutionary roots including mammalian evolutionary history, primate origins, fossil evidence from Australopithecine to Homo sapiens;

  2. food procurement through hominid evolution including the archaeological evidence about the evolutionary roots of human diet, the evolution of the digestive system and brain size of non-human and human primates;

  3. food and nutrients which examines the physiology of nutrient utilization from carbohydrates to fats and proteins, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes;

  4. Homo sapien food procurement from hunter-gathering, agriculture, and animal domestication;

  5. food and culture which examines

    • the socio-cultural factors that may have contributed to the practice of cannibalism,
    • the ecological basis for the preference and food taboos in contemporary populations,
    • the biological basis for the variability in the ability to digest milk,
    • accommodation to dietary restriction throughout the life cycle, and
    • the consequence of human endeavor to increase its food supply and decrease energy expenditure on the increased prevalence of obesity that is reaching epidemic proportions throughout the industrialized world.

NOTE: All students are expected to know about the principles on which techniques of assessing body composition and nutritional status are based. Such knowledge will be tested on the exam. One option is to learn these techniques by having one's own body size and composition measured by another student, and to measure another student's body size and composition. Students may also choose the option of measuring the weight and fat percentage of their GSI, if their GSI agrees. Students who do not wish to have their body size and composition measured and/or who do not wish to perform such measurements on others will be excused from the assignment. Those who do not participate in these measurements will lose no points as a result. Instead, such students will be given written exercises addressed at interpreting these anthropometric measurements.

ANTHRBIO 364 - Nutrition and Evolution
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11191
Open
28
 
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (DIS)
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19020
Open
2
 
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M 10:00AM - 11:00AM
003 (DIS)
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19021
Open
1
 
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M 11:00AM - 12:00PM
004 (DIS)
P
11192
Open
5
 
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Tu 2:00PM - 3:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
11193
Open
2
 
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W 10:00AM - 11:00AM
006 (DIS)
P
22279
Closed
0
 
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
007 (DIS)
P
22280
Open
2
 
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Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
008 (DIS)
P
26642
Open
2
 
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Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
009 (DIS)
P
27770
Open
12
 
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F 10:00AM - 11:00AM
010 (DIS)
P
28012
Open
4
 
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Th 10:00AM - 11:00AM
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