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Fall Academic Term 2001 Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology

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ANTHRBIO 161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andres R Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Study of human evolution with emphasis on genetic evolutionary process. Man's evolutionary history as evidenced by fossil remains and present racial variation in light of modern evolutionary theory. Lectures and recitation.

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ANTHRBIO 169. Natural Selection.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Beverly Strassmann

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (NS). (BS).

First-year seminar,

Credits: (3).

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This course is about the exciting progress in natrual selection theory after Darwin. Students will read such books as: The Beak of the Finch (Jonathan Weiner), The Selfish Gene (Richard Dawkins), and Mother Nature (Sarah Hrdy). We will ask: Why is natural selection considered the principle guiding force of evolution? What is the evidence for natural selection? In humans? In nonhumans? What are the different kinds of selection? At what level(s) does selection act? The group? The individual? The gene? Which of these levels is most potent and why? In the life sciences, what relevance does natrual selection theory have for pesticide resistance and the development of effective vaccines? In the social sciences, how has natural selection theory been invoked in psychology, economics, and anthropology? Does the notion of selfish genes have any relevance to human behavior? How can behavior be adaptive yet not have any basis in genetic differences among individuals? Why does natural selection often favor flexible as opposed to "innate" responses? What roles are played by culture, learning, development? What is the natrualistic fallacy?

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ANTHRBIO 361. Biology, Society, and Culture.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Rachel Caspari (rcaspari@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (NS). (BS).

R&E

Credits: (4).

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What is the relationship between race and biological evolution, biological evolution and culture, and culture and race? What is culture and how did it evolve? How did culture shape human evolution? Did extinct fossil races like Neandertals have culture? Was there a Human Revolution? What is the impact of technology on human biology, now and in the past? How is the human symbolic system used to construct racial groups in cultures around the world? Are these races real biological entities? Do they have any intrinsic differences in intelligence, as some recent publications suggest? What is the relationship between racial groups, health, and diseases such as sickle-cell anemia and AIDS? Anthropology is a comparative and holistic science that has such multidisciplinary issues at its core. This course examines these and related questions as critical to an understanding of the evolutionary basis of culture and the biological attributes and implications of cultural constructs like race. One three-hour lecture and one-hour discussion per week. Grades will be based on two essays and a take-home exam.

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ANTHRBIO 368 / Psych. 338. Primate Social Behavior I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Mitani (mitani@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS).

Credits: (4).

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This class will review the social systems and behavior of our closest living relatives, the primates. The course will be divided into three parts. I will begin by outlining questions about primate behavior. In this section the order primates will be introduced by examining the biology and behaviour of prosimians, monkeys and apes. Second, various aspects of social primate systems including spacing, mating and grouping patterns will be discussed. The course will conclude by reviewing selected topics of primate behavior, such as infanticide and vocal communication. I will draw heavily on field studies of primates and emphasize their behavior in natural enviornmental and social settings.

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ANTHRBIO 398. Honors in Biological Anthropology.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit twice.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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Seniors who choose to enter the Honors program undertake a senior project under the supervision of a member of the faculty. Most often this takes the form of an original paper of greater scope than is possible in an ordinary term paper, and it gives the student experience in conducting and writing up his or her own research. Students who are interested in joining the senior Honors program should consult with the departmental Honors advisor for biological anthropology. Previous participation in the college Honors program is not a prerequisite for joining the senior Honors program.

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ANTHRBIO 450. Molecular Anthropology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Andrew Merriwether (andym@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: At least one anthropology or biology course. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3).

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This course will cover, in detail, how to collect various kinds of molecular data. This includes polymorphisms involving PCR amplicon size, RFLP's, STR's, and DNA nucleotide and protein amino acid sequences. The theories behind these methods will be discussed so that students will understand the nature of the data being collected. This is the prerequisite course for the Molecular Anthropology Lab course, and provides the necessary background theory to learn how to actually do these procedures in lab. The second third of the course involves analysis of molecular data, and encompasses basic population genetic techniques for the analysis of molecular genetic data. These include computation of genetic distance, heterogeneity, and Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium from actual data. The final third of the course will involve either presentations of critiques and explanations of published works or novel analyses of data acquired from the literature or from online databases (Genbank, GDB, etc.). The course pack will involve readings from the field.

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ANTHRBIO 471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). A maximum of three credits of independent reading may be included in a concentration plan in anthropology. (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-3).

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Laboratory training and work in the techniques used in various aspects of research in biological anthropology.

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ANTHRBIO 563. Mechanisms of Human Adaptation.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Andres R Frisancho (arfrisan@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing. (3). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

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The course is addressed at evaluating the physiological response and adaptations that enable humans to survive environmental extremes such as those found under stressful conditions of heat, cold, solar radiation, high altitude, undernutrition, overnutrition, and Westernization of dietary habits. Because this course is addressed to students of several disciplines and to facilitate understanding of the mechanisms of human adaptation to the environmental stress, the discussion of the major topics is preceded by sections outlining initial responses observed in laboratory animals. Emphasis is given to the short adaptive mechanisms that enable an organism to acclimate itself to a given environmental stress. Subsequently, the long-term adaptive mechanisms that enable humans to acclimatize themselves to natural, stressful environmental conditions are discussed. Throughout the course, emphasis is given to the effects of environmental stresses and the adaptive responses that an organism makes during its growth and development and their implications for understanding the origins of population differences in biological traits. The method of instruction is lecture and some discussion. The course also involves practice with field laboratory techniques.

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ANTHRBIO 565. Evolution of Genus Homo.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Milford H Wolpoff (wolpoff@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Anthro. 365 or 466. Primarily for students concentrating in biological anthropology or vertebrate evolution. (4). (Excl). (BS).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

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Evolution of Homo sapiens from its Australopithecine ancestor, and the appearance of modern humans and their races are the focus of this course. Topics include the hunter/gather adaptation and the late Pliocene origin of Homo sapiens, habitation of the world and the origin of races; the "Eve" theory of modern human origins; the fate of the European Neanderthals. Three hours of lecture, two hours of scheduled laboratory, and a third unscheduled hour required weekly. There is a midterm, final, and term paper. Anthropology 351 or 365 must be taken before enrolling into this course.

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