Anthropology | MOLECULE HUNT:FROM JURASSIC PARK TO TODAY
B400 | 0413 | Kaestle


This course explores the exploding field of ancient DNA research,
including an historical perspective on the development of the science, and
a review of the current trends and exciting new results. The ability to
access ancient molecules (not only DNA but also proteins, lipids, and
other interesting molecules) has opened new doors in our understanding of
the prehistory of our planet. This course will focus on applications
within Anthropology, but will also touch on palaeontological and forensic
applications of this science, and will include discussion of the work
currently in progress in the instructor's Ancient DNA laboratory on
campus.  Grades will be based on participation, presentation of an oral
report, and a research paper (10-15 pages for undergrads, 15-20 pages for
grads). Prerequisites: B200 or equivalent, or permission of the
instructor.