Introduction to Human Evolution

VU Course ID: 00229
Curriculum: 12 weeks
Fee: FREE
Textbooks: None
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Adam Van Arsdale
Provider: Wellesley University (via edX)
Recordable: This course can be recorded in your VU transcript.

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starts May 6

Course Description

This course will provide an overview of human evolutionary history from the present -- contemporary human variation in a comparative context -- through our last common ancestor with the living great apes, some 5-7 million years in the past. Emphasis will be placed on major evolutionary changes in the development of humans and the methodological approaches used by paleoanthropologists and related investigators to develop that knowledge. The course will ask basic questions about how evolution operates to shape biological variation and what patterns of variation look like in living humans and apes. Students will be exposed to the primary data, places and theories that shape our understanding of human evolution.

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