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ANTHROPOLOGY 2307: BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGYANTH 2307 001 Spring 2016 11:00 - 11:50 MWF 09 University Hall Dr. Shelley L. Smith Office: 441 University Hall Office Hours: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. MW Phone: 272-2661 E-mail: [email protected] Faculty Profile: Type my name into the search box on the main UTA webpage Required Text: Larsen, CS. 2014. Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology, 3rded. New York: W.W. Norton and Company. This is a general survey course in biological anthropology. Biological (or physical) anthropology is the study of human variation and human evolution. Also included within the discipline is the subfield of primatology; anthropologists study non-human primates both for their own sakes and for the insights they provide into the evolution of human morphology (form, or structure) and human behavior. Four broad topical areas are covered in this course: Genetics, Human Variation and Adaptation , Living Primates and Primate Evolution, and Hominin Evolution. Student Learning Objectives By the end of this course, you should be able to do the following: 1. Explain how the forces of evolution work 2. Explain why and how the forces of evolution are applicable to modern humans and why an evolutionary, non-racial approach to the description and analysis of modern human biological variation is superior to racial categorization 3. Explain why humans are primates and describe the morphological and behavioral similarities we humans share with non-human primates as well as the features and behaviors that differentiate us from other primates 4. Describe the origins, evolutionary history, and geographic distribution of the human lineage and several hypotheses for major transitions in our lineage over the past seven million years
Course Outline N.B.: As the instructor for this course, I reserve the right to adjust this schedule in any way that serves the educational needs of the students enrolled in this course. Dates below are estimated and may be changed; you are responsible for coming to class and checking Blackboard for changes in the schedule.Introduction and History (approx. 1 week) Larsen Chapters 1 and 2 Genetics (3+ weeks) I. DNA; mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian Chapter 3 II. Population genetics; Hardy-Weinberg Chapter 4 equilibrium; forces of evolution; human polymorphisms Exam 1 (25%) Estimated Date: Monday, February 22 Modern Human Adaptation and Variation (approx. 2 weeks) Chapter 5 Primates (approx. 3 weeks) I. Taxonomy and Survey of Living Primates Chapters 6 and 7 II. Osteology; Primate Evolution (through Miocene) Chapters 8 and 9 and Appendix Exam 2 (25%) Estimated Date: Monday, April 4 Hominin Evolution (approx. 5 weeks) I. Australopithecines and early Homo Chapter 10 and Chapter 11(to p. 335) II. Homo erectus; Neanderthals and Chapter 11 (p. 335+) and Chapter 12 archaic Homo sapiens; evolution of modern Homo sapiensExam 3 (25%) To be given at assigned final exam time: Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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