This course introduces humans as biological organisms, descended from animal ancestors and closely related to other living primates. The processes involved in evolution such as natural selection, population genetics, genetic inheritance, and bio-cultural adaptation will be discussed. Human ancestry, inferred from the fossil record, will be a primary focus, especially those attributes and selection pressures that led to behaviorally modern humans. Students will be involved with hands-on activities with various fossils and artifacts for this course.
Semesters: Fall, Spring
MnTC Goals: 5 , 10