Fall 2019 - ARCH 131 D200

Human Origins (3)

Class Number: 9721

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    WMC 3520, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2019
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Ernest Bumann
    Office: EDB 9622
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-4:20PM



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 introduces the archaeological, behavioral, and genetic evidence for human evolution, as well as the ways in which this evidence is analyzed and interpreted within the framework of Darwinian evolutionary theory. It includes an examination of evolutionary theory and introduces some important concepts, such as the dual inheritance theory (DIT) and biocultural evolution, as well as the field of genetics underlying the evolutionary process. The course also examines the hominin fossil record leading to modern humans and includes a treatise on modern human variability.  

The course endeavors to provide a foundational understanding of basic physical anthropology, an overview of the major stages of hominin evolution based on archaeological discoveries, and some of the newest scientific discoveries based on massively improved techniques to retrieve and sequence Ancient DNA (aDNA) – a study which has rapidly evolved into a highly prolific field.


  • Two Midterms 50%
  • Final Exam 50%


Breadth: Social Sciences/Science



Stanford, C., Allen, J.S., Anton, S. (2016), Exploring Biological Anthropology: Custom edition for SFU (ebook). New York, NY: Pearson.
ISBN: 9781323632222

(If you prefer the hard copy version: Stanford et al., Exploring Biological Anthropology, 2nd Edition)
ISBN: 9781323423776

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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