Homo sapiens: pre-historic, historic & presentI.Brief overview of AnthropologyII.Origins of Homo sapiens (avery brief review)III. The alternative hypotheses to video Journey of ManIV. Descriptions of human variation –past & presentV. Discriminating scientific information
From Jurmain et al. Essentials of Physical Anthropology 2004I. Introduction to Physical AnthropologyFootprints from Laetoli; 5-1.8 mya
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Definition“Physical or biological anthropology deals with the evolution of humans, their variability, and adaptations to environmental stresses. Using an evolutionary perspective, we examine not only the physical form of humans - the bones, muscles, and organs - but also how it functions to allow survival and reproduction.” - i.e., how have hominids evolved and why