Courses for Undergraduate Students:

ANTH 1010 Introduction to Biological Anthropology
This course provides an introduction to the study of Homo sapiens from an evolutionary, biological,
behavioral, and biocultural perspective. Topics covered include: the history of evolutionary thought,
basic human genetics, the anatomy and behavioral ecology of the living primates, human evolution via
the study of fossil hominins, modern human variation and adaptation, and the study of the human skeleton
in forensic anthropology and bioarchaeology.

ANTH 3720 Adaptation and Human Variability
This course covers biological adaptations of living human populations to their
environments, and the interaction of these adaptations with cultural patterns. The
relationships of body size, form, and composition to climatic and nutritional factors in
various geographical groups of modern humans are covered. Major adaptive problems
facing the human species are discussed and implications for the future are also explored.

ANTH 3755 Human Osteology
A laboratory course emphasizing the study of the human skeleton.  In addition to a thorough knowledge
of skeletal anatomy, training is given in a variety of techniques and procedures for identification,
reconstruction, description, and analysis of skeletal traits. Students are given the opportunity to use these
skills in original research on human skeletal materials from archaeological sites and modern populations.

ANTH 4510 Species and Species Concepts in Human Paleontology
The number of proposed fossil hominid/hominin species has mushroomed in recent years, yet
the recognition of species in the human fossil record remains a daunting task. However, in order
to reconstruct the phylogenetic (ancestor-descendent) relationships among humans, our
ancestors, and close collateral relatives, we must attempt to group hominin fossils into meaningful
taxonomic categories, ones that most likely reflect truly monophyletic (shared common ancestor)
descent patterns.  This course explores different evolutionary species concepts and their applicability
to human paleontology.  Current approaches to the reconstruction of phylogenetic relationships are
then discussed, and the taxonomic status of hominin species is assessed.

Courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

ANTH 6020 The Neandertal Enigma
The Neandertals are the best-understood group of non-modern fossil hominids, having been known to
science since 1856.  Yet even today they inspire many provocative questions.  Who were the
Neandertals?  How different were they from us?  Did they have language?  How and why did they
disappear?  Were they our ancestors, or did our ancestors outcompete them?  And if the Neandertals
were not our ancestors, then who were?  These are just some of the questions we will explore in this
class on the classic “cavemen”.

ANTH 6480 Human Functional Morphology
This course covers the functional anatomy of the human body, with emphasis on the structure, function,
evolution, and development of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems and associated human
kinesiology.  The principle of biological uniformitarianism is used to correlate hard tissue (i.e., teeth and
bone) structure with soft tissue function, since soft tissues are only rarely recovered in archeological or
paleontological settings.

ANTH 6500 Human Evolution
In this class we will explore the field of paleoanthropology, the fascinating study of human evolution.  At its
core, paleoanthropology is holistic and multidisciplinary, including the contributions of human paleontologists,
paleolithic archeologists, geologists, zoologists, botanists and geneticists.  The work of primatologists,
ethnographers and ethnoarcheologists also provides invaluable insight into the lifeways of our ancient
ancestors.  Our focus will be primarily on the hominid fossil record (human paleontology), although we will
often discuss paleoanthropological issues that have been elucidated by the other above-mentioned fields of

Courses for Graduate Students Only:

ANTH 7720 Bioanthropology of Modern Humans
This is the companion course for ANTH 372 (described above).  It includes a separate seminar-format
weekly meeting.

ANTH 7510 Fossil Hominin Taxonomy and Systematics
This is the companion course for ANTH 451 (described above).  It includes a separate seminar-format
weekly meeting.

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