Lecture program (please see reader or iLearn for full list of readings):
Week One: Introduction 1.1 Introduction to unit requirements 1.2 Basics of evolutionary biology
Week Two: Natural selection and genetics 2.1 Darwin on natural selection 2.2 Updating Darwin: neo-Darwinism & the genetics revolution
Week Three: Humans among primates 3.1 Primates: origin and distinctive niche 3.2 The perils of comparison: chimpanzees, for example…
Week Four: Early hominids and bipedalism 4.1 Bipedalism: why walk on two feet? 4.2 The evidence of human evolution in paleoarchaeology
Week Five: Genus Homo: brain & dietary change 5.1 Brains, human & others 5.2 How diet affects the brain: evolution & development
Week Six: Sex & reproduction 6.1 Human sexuality in evolutionary perspective 6.2 Human reproduction: is anything natural?
Week Seven: The first technology 7.1 Lithic technology: Paleolithic innovations 7.2 Fire, clothes & other human tricks: what could Neandertals do?
Week Eight: Language origins & development 8.1 The ability to communicate: do other animals talk? 8.2 Language change
Week Nine: The epic of humanity 9.1 The rise of anatomically modern humans 9.2 Getting out of Africa
Week Ten: NO MEETING! No lectures or tutorials the week of 19 October. Make sure to finish Outline Essay for submission 26 October!
Week Eleven: Food domestication and urbanisation 11.1 The Neolithic Revolution: growing our own food 11.2 The social ape & the first cities
Week Twelve: Human variation: genes, races and cultures 12.1 Modern human variation: are we all that different? 12.2 Traces of human adaptation
Week Thirteen: Is evolution over? 13.1 Do culture & technology replace selection?: genetic evidence 13.2 Future humans
Tutorial program (please see reader or iLearn for full list of readings):
Note: No meeting the first or seventh weeks!
Tutorial One: Evolutionary dynamics and adaptation Gould, Stephen Jay, and Elisabeth S. Vrba. 1982. ‘Exaptation—a missing term in the science of form.’ Paleobiology 8(1): 4-15.
Tutorial Two: Our nearest primate relatives: skulls, ‘culture’? ‘A Guide to the Cultures of Chimpanzees.’ From Scientific American 2001, Vol. 284.
Tutorial Three: Traces in the ash: the Laetoli footprints Laetoli footprint materials.
Tutorial Four: Food for thought: evolution, brain and diet Leonard, William R. 2003. ‘Food for Thought: Dietary Change Was a Driving Force in Human Evolution.’ Scientific American (updated from December 2002): 62-71.
Tutorial Five: Mating strategies: the evolution dating game Small, Meredith F. 1997. ‘Our Babies, Ourselves.’ Natural History Magazine (October): 42-51 (reprinted in Annual Editions: Anthropology 06/07, pp. 100-106) together with accompanying sidebars by LeVine et al.).
Tutorial Six: Stone tools Foley, Robert, and Marta Mirazón Lahr. 2003. ‘On Stony Ground: Lithic Technology, Human Evolution, and the Emergence of Culture.’ Evolutionary Anthropology 12: 109-122.
Tutorial Seven: Reinventing language Diamond, Jared M. 1991. ‘Reinvention of Human Language.’ Natural History 5/91: 22-28. Reprinted in Through the Looking Glass: Readings in General Anthropology. Second edition. 2000. Pp. 26-35.
Tutorial Eight: Out of Africa Jurmain, Robert, Lynn Kilgore, and Wenda Trevathan, with Russell L. Ciochon. 2008. The Origin and Dispersal of Modern Humans. In Introduction to Physical Anthropology. Eleventh edition. Pp. 352-377. Thomson-Wadsworth.
Tutorial Nine: Out modern ecological niche Mann, Charles. 2002. ‘1491.’ The Atlantic Monthly (March): 1-13.
Tutorial Ten: Is race a useful concept? George W. Gill and Jonathan Marks. 1998 and 1994. ‘Issue 1: Is Race a Useful Concept for Anthropologists?’ In Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Anthropology. Third edition. Kirk M. Endicott and Robert L. Welsch, eds. Pp. 2-15. Dubuque, Iowa: McGraw-Hill/Dushkin.
Tutorial Eleven: Current selective pressures Ward, Peter. 2009. ‘What Will Become of Homo sapiens?’ Scientific American 300 (1): 68-73.