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Anthropology 204: Introduction to Human Evolution Fall 2010 TuTh 9:30 10:20am, ARMS 1010 Instructor: Dr. Michele Buzon Office Hours and Location: Tu 3 4pm, STON 310, or by appt. Email address: [email protected] Course web page: http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/blackboard/ Teaching Assistants: Recitation Sections (STON 217): Jeremy Beach ([email protected]) F 7:30, 8:30 Diana Howell ([email protected]) F 1:30, 2:30 Jennifer Studebaker ([email protected]) F 3:30, 4:30 Course Description: This course surveys physical/biological anthropology and is designed to introduce the fundamentals of this discipline. We will explore the scientific ways of answering questions about human origins and modern human diversity from an evolutionary perspective. This course is broadly divided into six parts. We begin with the process of evolution and natural selection, as well as the mechanisms of genetic inheritance. Then we focus on our closest living relatives, the primates. Next, we will discuss the hard evidence for primate and human evolution and the origins of modern human diversity. Finally, we will explore human variation and selection. By the end of the course, students will be able to: • Define and explain the processes of evolution and genetic inheritance • Identify the characteristics of non human primates and describe their behavior and ecology • Describe human evolution as seen in the fossil record • Use our knowledge of the processes of human evolution to explain how they have led to contemporary human variation Required Texts: ‐‐ Our Origins: Discovery Physical Anthropology by Clark Spencer Larsen, W.W. Norton & Company, 2008. Available at the university bookstore. **This book is also available for purchase as an e book for $56.25: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=17411 ‐‐ Course packet at Boiler Copy Maker, PMU 157. Additional reading assignments will be distributed via Blackboard. Student Responsibilities: Regular, on time attendance is expected. Be prepared for class by reading what is assigned for the class meeting. Students are responsible for their own note taking (Visuals from the Powerpoint lectures will not be provided outside of class). Lecture notes will not be given to students who miss class. Manage your time so that you do not have to come to class late. Please show respect to your fellow students by turning off cell phones, keeping irrelevant talking to a minimum, and being tolerant of other viewpoints. Exams : The exams will be based on lectures, readings, class discussions/activities, and videos. The exams will consist of multiple choice questions. The midterm exam is scheduled for Thurs, Oct 7 . The final exam date will be announced when available from the registrar. Anth 204 Syllabus 1
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Article critique : Research related to physical/biological anthropology often receives a substantial amount of attention in the media. For example, new fossil finds, genetic determinants of health and population migration often are discussed by the popular press. This assignment consists of
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