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Queens College, CUNY
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Anthro 102 - Introduction to Human Evolution
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Introduction to Human Evolution Anthropology 102 Section M1W3 M W 1 40 2 55 PM KY150 Professor Kate Pechenkina Ph D Office Powdermaker Hall 312A Telephone 718 997 5529 Fax 718 997 2885 E mail pechenkina yahoo com Office hours Tuesday 1 30 PM to 3 30 PM Web page http qcpages qc edu ANTHRO pechenkina pechenkina html Evolution is one of the central unifying theories of biological science As Theodor Dobjansky wrote Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution This course pursues an integrative approach to the study of human evolution We will begin by introducing the scientific method and discussing how it applies to the study of biological evolution This discussion is followed by an introduction to the fundamentals of evolutionary theory We will examine forces that affect populations of living organisms leading to evolutionary change over time This portion of the course is illustrated by examples of human variation and discussion of the extent to which this variation can be explained by the forces of evolution After the first exam we will introduce the Order Primatis and discuss its origins We will continue by discussing morphological and behavioral variation among nonhuman primates in order to gain perspective on the evolution of human biology and behavior Then we trace the fossil record leading from the first primates to modern humans focusing on the biological and behavioral changes that have occurred during the course of human evolution Finally we will look at evolutionary factors that have defined biological and genetic variation among modern humans Textbook Clark Spencer Larsen 2008 Our Origins Grading Your grade will be based on three exams as well as homework assignments If you are unable to attend class on a day when an assignment is due you may submit it via e mail or fax Late assignments submitted before the final examination will receive a maximum of 80 credit In other words 20 WILL BE DEDUCTED FROM ALL LATE ASSIGNMENTS EXAMS CAN BE MADE



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