ANTHRBIO 365 - Human Evolution
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Requirements & Distribution:
Enforced Prerequisites:
Sophomore or Junior or Senior.
Advisory Prerequisites:
High school biology is assumed.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Human evolution has been a biological process with both social and physical aspects. Through lectures, discussion section, laboratory, and reading, we will examine the fossil evidence for human evolution, emphasizing both the details of skeletal anatomy and behavior and how they changed, and the causes of change. How are humans unique, how are they similar to other primates, does race play a role in human evolution? The human story begins with origins and the appearance of unique human anatomies and behaviors. Humanity has come to be defined by the evolution of intelligence, technology, and the changes in physical form that are the consequence of the human adaptation to culture that links cultural and biological change. We will also discuss the role of Neandertals in human evolution, "out of Africa", race and racism, and other questions about the origin of modern humanity. Class participation and discussion are emphasized, and there is a required discussion/ laboratory section for elaboration of lecture topics and experience with primate skeletal material and replicas of human fossils through online lab sections with the GSI. Student evaluations are based on two examinations, laboratory quizzes, and a laboratory exam.

Class Format:

Anthbio 365 lecture and lab/discussion will be remotely taught. The lectures and videos will be asynchronous, each will be available for a week after posting and can be seen at any time. The weekly laboratory/discussion will be synchronous, 3 sections offered each week at a set time to be determined by a doodle poll. Midterm and final exams will be synchronic. The materials students need will be posted on canvas, the synchronic lab/discussion sessions will use ZOOM for each section to be on at a single time.


ANTHRBIO 365 - Human Evolution
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001 (LEC)
002 (DIS)
W 9:00AM - 10:00AM
003 (DIS)
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM

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