Honors | Human Origins & Prehistory
A105 | 0364 | J. Sept
What made us human? The story of our past can be found in clues from a
wide range of sources -- everything from details of DNA to evocative
murals in Ice Age caves. This is why the scientific quest for human
origins requires the curiosity of a philosopher coupled with the
skills of a skeptical detective.
This course will introduce you to the study of human evolution -- a
branch of anthropology which seeks to understand human uniqueness by
studying the human past using scientific methods.
We can learn alot about ourselves by studying the behavior of living
primates, like chimpanzees. And we can look at fossils and
archaeological sites for the evidence that reveals when and where
humans first began to behave like "odd animals:" to walk upright, eat
and cook unusual foods, invent tools and art, speak languages, and
enjoy the wide range of social and cultural practices that we consider
so "human" today.