Fall 2017 - ARCH 131 D900

Human Origins (3)

Class Number: 2467

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    SUR 3090, Surrey

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2017
    8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    SUR 5280, Surrey

  • Instructor:

    Dennis Sandgathe
    Office: EDB 9611
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 pm



A non-technical survey of the primate background of humans, fossil primates, and fossil humans, and the associated evidence of cultural development. An introduction to physical anthropology. Breadth-Social Sci/Science.


This course is designed to be an introduction to biological anthropology and palaeoanthropology: the sciences that address human biological and cultural evolution. It will include 5 major sections:  

1. An introduction to the history of this area of research and an examination of the fundamentals of evolutionary theory and genetics;
2. An introduction to the basic primate condition: primate evolution and modern primate adaptations;
3. An examination of the fossil record of human evolution from pre-hominin primates through to the emergence of modern humans (this will be paralleled by an abridged survey of the development of material culture and technology);
4. A close examination of when, where, and how modern humans appeared, and
5. An examination of modern human variation and adaptation


  • Online Quizzes 10%
  • Midterm 40%
  • Final Exam 50%


Breadth: Social Sciences/Science



Available in electronic form:

Stanford, Allen and Anton. 2015. Exploring Biological Anthropology: Custom edition for SFU. Pearson.
The Neanderthal Child of Roc de Marsal: a Prehistoric Mystery. 2014 edition. Pearson. Sandgathe, Dibble, Goldberg, and McPherron  

Package Title: REVEL for Exploring Biological Anthropology plus the Neanderthal Child of Roc de Marsal: A Prehistoric Mystery Premium Website RVP
ISBN: 978-1-3237-7119-8

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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