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Course Description

This laboratory course is offered as a supplement to Introduction to Physical Anthropology either taken concurrently or in a subsequent term. Laboratory exercises are designed to introduce students to the scientific method and hands-on exploration of topics in physical anthropology: genetics; human oteology; comparative and functional skeletal anatomy; primate behavior; human fossil record; modern human variation; and other resources to investigate processes related to human evolution. PREREQUISITE: ANTH 1, Introduction to Physical Anthropology, may be taken concurrently. ADVISORY: English 250.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the scientific method and lab techniques to the comparison of living human, fossil human, and nonhuman primate specimens.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply the scientific method and analysis of primate skeletal material.
  • Describe and demonstrate the principles of inheritance and population genetics as they relate to human evolution.
  • Identify primate bone names, anatomical elements, and locomotor behavior.
  • Evaluate and debate social, cultural, environmental, or other influences on hominid adaptation and survival over time.
  • Explain a variety of primate and/or hominid evolutionary patterns over time.
  • Assemble or organize specimens and/or models used in physical anthropology (skeletal, dental, genetic, geological).
  • Apply basic forensic field methods for analyzing and interpreting human remains.
  • Research an anthropological topic and prepare the results for public and/or classroom presentation.
  • Distinguish scientific methodology from other methods of evaluation or thinking.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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