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Winter Academic Term 2003 Course Guide

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Courses in Biological Anthropology


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Winter Academic Term, 2003 (January 6 - April 25)

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ANTHRBIO 161. Introduction to Biological Anthropology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Mitani

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (NS). (BS). Does not count toward anthropology concentration requirements. May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/161/001.nsf

What is the material basis of evolution? How have humans evolved? Why do humans behave in the manner that they do? This class seeks answers to these enduring questions. The course will be divided into three parts. We will begin by reviewing the theory of evolution and examining how evolution produces adaptations and creates new species. This section will conclude by outlining how evolution has shaped the behavior of our closest living relatives, the nonhuman primates. The second part of the class will be devoted to investigating the human fossil record and tracing the physical and behaviroal evolution of our species. The course will conclude by asking how evolution has affected contemporary human behavior. The emphasis throughout will be on the processess that have shaped human evolution and how these have produced who we are. The class includes three lectures plus one discussion/lab meeting per week. Grades will be based on 3 midterms and GSI evaluation.

Check Times, Location, and Availability Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

ANTHRBIO 362. Problems of Race.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Charles L Brace (clbrace@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (3). (NS). (BS). (R&E). May not be repeated for credit.

R&E

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The subject matter covered in this course is different from but complementary to that covered in Anthropology 347 which is more concerned with race relations. Anthropology 362 addresses itself to two main problem areas where race is concerned: (1) the common concept of race has an inadequate foundation in biology and must be dispensed with before we can make sense out of the very real aspects of human biological variation. This portion of the course treats the dimensions of human biological differences that can be traced according to selective force distributions and their changes through time. These will be contrasted with the biological traits that show regional clustering but which have no adaptive value and cannot therefore be hierarchically arranged. (2) If the common concept of race has an inadequate biological base, how did we get stuck with our generally held assumptions when it would appear that they owe more to folklore than to biology? This portion of the course deals principally with the history of the race concept. All the material covered by the course will be dealt with in lecture. Supplementary readings will be suggested from time to time, along with specific sections in the assigned texts.

Texts: C.L.Brace, THE STAGES OF HUMAN EVOLUTION 5 ed. and Stephen Molnar, HUMAN VARIATION 5 ed. will be available at Michigan Book and Supply at 317 S. State. Lecture outlines (syllabus) and C.L.Brace, RACE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD will be available at Dollar Bill Copying 611 Church Street.

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ANTHRBIO 364. Nutrition and Evolution.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Sophomore standing. (4). (NS). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/364/001.nsf

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: including the physiology of nutrient utilization from carbohydrates to fats and proteins, vitamins, minerals and electrolytes
  4. Homo sapiens food procurement from hunter-gathering, agriculture, and animal domestication
  5. food and culture: including the sociocultural 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 also may 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.

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ANTHRBIO 399. Honors in Biological Anthropology and Anthropology/Zoology.

Instructor(s):

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

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

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~andym/450sylWin2003.html

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 468 / PSYCH 439 / WOMENSTD 468. Behavioral Biology of Women.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Barbara Boardman Smuts (bsmuts@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: One of the following: ANTHRBIO 161, 361, 368, PSYCH 335, EEB 494. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/psych/439/001.nsf

See Psychology 439.001.

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ANTHRBIO 471. Undergraduate Reading and Research in Anthropology.

Instructor(s):

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 credit for a maximum of 6 credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

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

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ANTHRBIO 562. Human Nature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Beverly I Strassmann (bis@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: ANTHRBIO 467 and permission of instructor. (2). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (2).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

Topics include: human social relationships, morality, religion, and the emotions. Students will read provocative books such as, Robert Wright's The Moral Animal (or other books of current interest), as well as original scientific articles. Students will be encouraged to discuss the subject matter in relation to their own experiences. This is a fast paced course intended for students who are simultaneously enrolled in Human Behavioral Ecology (ANTHRBIO 467) or who have taken ANTHRBIO 467 in a previous term. Other courses on evolution and behavior may be substituted for ANTHRBIO 467 with permission of the instructor. Grading will be based on class participation and an in-depth research paper.

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ANTHRBIO 565. Evolution of Genus Homo.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior standing. Primarily for students concentrating in biological anthropology or vertebrate evolution. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/565/001.nsf

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. ANTHRBIO 351 or 365 must be taken before enrolling into this course.

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ANTHRBIO 566. Laboratory in Human Osteology.

Section 001.

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

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (4). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (4; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No homepage submitted.

The course is concerned with the identification and interpretation of human skeletal remains. Emphasis is placed on both the individual and populational levels of interpretation. Topics include the basic biology of normal bone, pathology, and variation in form. Identification and reconstruction of fragmentary materials as well as reconstruction of populational characteristics (age, sex, life history data, metric description) are covered. It is specifically designed for archaeologists and biological anthropologists but also would be of use to 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.

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ANTHRBIO 568. Primate Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John C Mitani

Prerequisites & Distribution: ANTHRBIO 368. Permission of instructor required. (3). (Excl). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

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

Course Homepage: http://coursetools.ummu.umich.edu/2003/winter/anthrbio/568/001.nsf

This is an advanced course examining the ecology and behavior of the nonhuman primates. We will employ evolutionary theory to describe and interpret patterns of behavioral diversity displayed by primates living in the wild. Emphasis will be given to covering topical issues emerging in the study of primate behavioral ecology. There is a limited enrollment.

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