pre-dental and pre-medical students who will take gross anatomy in the future. The course is limited to 30 students. Four scheduled hours, and additional laboratory time. Permission of instructor is required.
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Prerequisites & Distribution: An undergraduate concentration in anthropology or its equivalent. (3). (Excl). (BS).
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This course is conceived as a summary of what a professional anthropologist should understand concerning those aspects of basic biology that have to be taken into account to make sense out of the evidence for human evolution and of the record of biological variation visible in living human populations. Human evolution is treated using the perspective of evolutionary theory and taking into account both classical and molecular genetics. The contributions made by the study of both living and fossil non-human primates is also considered. The trajectory of human evolution is illustrated by a consideration of the human fossil record in light of how human activities changed the nature of selective forces and contributed to the development of the biological changes visible through time. The emergence of modern "racial" differences is treated in terms of both adaptive and non-adaptive aspects of biological variation. It will conclude with a survey of the reasons why the concept of "race" accepted by the public at large is so unrelated to what we know about the biology of human variation. In addition to written midterm and final exams, a term paper is required on a topic to be set in consultation with the instructor.
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