Anthropology | Bioanthropology
B200 | 13940 | 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 quizzes (10% of grade), two exams
worth 20% of grade each (40% of total grade), laboratory assignments
(20%) and a cumulative final exam (30%).  Forty pages of text are
assigned per week.