• Class Number 2002
  • Term Code
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
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Human Evolution (BIAN3113)

This course will provide an introduction to the fossil evidence for human evolution in the context of living great apes and modern humans. The course will proceed chronologically from our earliest human ancestors, who originated around 7 million years ago, up until modern humans who inhabit the world today. We will ask the questions of why our ancestors became bipedal, what they ate, how they grew up, and when they left Africa. We will cover topics such as how can we reconstruct behaviour using skeletal evidence and will critically examine how the evolutionary relationships among our extinct hominin relatives can be inferred from the fossil evidence.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. identify important fossils relevant to the study of human evolution;
  2. understand the principles of biological evolution;
  3. understand what is meant by the concept of species, and how these may be recognised in the fossil record;
  4. compare different fossils with one another, and draw phylogenetic inferences; and
  5. understand the principles of geological dating and environmental reconstruction.

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