| Theory and Method in Human Paleontology
B524 | 0446 | Hunt
Hypothesis testing, experimental design and evolutionary theory are
examined through the primary literature. A selection of diverse
and influential research articles focus discussion. Interwoven
with readings are labs in which students observe, measure and
then interpret hominid fossils in light of the readings.
Paleoecology, species identification, molecular taxonomy and
cladistics are critiqued as the meaning of human fossils is
explored. Graduate students achieve a level of familiarity
with hominid fossils that prepares them to teach human paleontology
to undergraduates with confidence and currency.