Anthropology | BIOANTHROPOLOGY
B200 | 0408 | 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.