Anthropology | Theory & Meth Hum Paleontology
B524 | 26734 | Hunt

We aim to achieve a deeper understanding of fossil hominid evolution
and adaptation than is possible in a lecture-format class. Students
who complete B524 will feel competent drawing on deep-time
paleoanthropological data for work in their own subdiscipline, and
will be prepared to teach an undergraduate lecture class in human
paleontology.  We will direct most of our attention to relatively
timeless themes that impact on human paleontology, such as hypothesis
testing, evolutionary theory, niche theory, interspecific competition,
morphology of fossils, functional anatomy, and behavioral
reconstruction, but some trendy topics will be included.  Methods of
morphological and phylogenetic analysis such as morphometrics and
cladistics will be discussed.