- Code BIAN3016
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Biological Anthropology
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This is both a practically oriented course designed to equip biological anthropology and archaeology students, in a laboratory setting, with the fundamental skills involved in identifying faunal remains, especially those of mammals, in terms of body part and taxonomy; and at the same time it is a fairly detailed introduction to comparative mammalian biology. The practical part of the course focuses on the bones and teeth of the native and introduced mammals of Australia and an in-depth treatment of the non-human primates. The part of the course dealing with mammalian biology and general puts Australian mammals and nonhuman primates into a general mammalian context, surveying the Mammalia and the full range of variation to be found within the class, and its meaning in the context of the skeletal remains which were the subject of the practical part of the course.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Recognise and identify (giving reasons) the bones and teeth of the mammals treated in the course, down at least to generic level
- Compare the remains of the different taxa of mammals, interpret them, and explain why they differ
- Demonstrate an ability to transfer their skills to a practical context
- Analyse mammalian remains both to differentiate the taxa concerned, and to place them in an overall biological context
- Assess the differences between different mammalian taxa, argue functional and phylogenetic considerations, and justify their conclusions
- Develop an understanding of the mammals in general, and be able to generate phylogenetic arguments
One short presentation (15-20 mins) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2, 4, 5]
One short essay or report (450-500 words) (10%) [Learning Outcomes 4-6]
One two-hour practical examination (80%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 3]
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Normally offered every year.
One two-hour lecture, one two-hour guided and supervised practical, at least four hours of unsupervised practical, and two hours of private study per week.
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