Summer 2017 - ARCH 131 D200

Human Origins (3)

Class Number: 5807

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu, Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    HCC 1425, Vancouver

  • Instructor:

    Mark Collard
    Office: SWH 9105
    Office Hours: Thursdays 12:30-1:30PM



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 lecture course aims to provide an introduction to the molecular, morphological and behavioural evidence for human evolution, as well as to the ways in which this evidence is analyzed and interpreted with the framework of Darwinian evolutionary theory. Among the topics we will consider are humanity’s relationships with the other primates, the identity of the earliest hominin species, and the locomotor and dietary strategies of the australopiths. We will also look at the initial spread of humans from Africa into Eurasia about 1.8 Ma, the rise and fall of the Neanderthals, and the on-going controversies over the origins and dispersal of modern humans. The grade for the course will be based on multiple-choice exams, article summaries, and article reviews.


  • Midterm exams 40%
  • Article summaries 10%
  • Article reviews 20%
  • Final exam 30%


Breadth: Social Sciences/Science

DATE: June 22
TIME: 8:30-11:20AM
ROOM: HCC 1425



Stanford, C., Allen, J.S., Anton, S. (2016) Exploring Biological Anthropology: The Essentials (4th Edition). New York. Pearson. Paperback version. (ISBN: 978-0-1340-1401-2)


Stanford, C., Allen, J.S., Anton, S. (2016) Exploring Biological Anthropology: The Essentials (4th Edition). New York. Pearson. Loose-leaf (binder) version. (ISBN: 978-0-1343-2383-1)

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