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Spring 2020


This is a science course on human evolution exploring what makes our species unique, strange, and wonderful. We will first learn the biological mechanisms underlying evolution and natural selection. Next, we will look at modern primate variation today (including humans) and learn how to use primates as models to help us learn about the behavior, environments, and lifeways of extinct species. Third, we will interpret data from the human fossil record to understand where, how, when, and in what way modern humans evolved. Finally, we will examine specific modern human traits through this evolutionary lens to build arguments for how we got to where we are today.