Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 0470 | Hunt
Bioanthropology B200 is an introduction to the biological study of humans.
Students learn the basics of genetics, evolutionary theory, human evolution,
primate morphology, primate behavior, growth and development, human
adaptation, and human variation. A number of supervised labs give students
hands-on work with the primate skeleton, the human skeleton, dental anatomy,
fossil anatomy, and biological methods. The course is designed to give
students background to prepare them for more advanced bioanthropology
courses. Much of the course concerns the evolutionary origin of humans. We
will achieve a basic knowledge of what our ancestors looked like at each
stage of their evolution. We discuss issues such as why we evolved
bipedalism, hairlessness, large brains, language, and less robust bones and
teeth. Class grades are assigned based on a quiz (10% of grade), two exams (20% of
grade each for a total of 40%), laboratory assignments (20%) and a
cumulative final (30%). Forty pages of text are assigned per week.