Fall 2019 - ARCH 323 D100

Special Topics in Biological Anthropology II (3)

Natural History of Neaderthals

Class Number: 9719

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    AQ 3149, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Dennis Sandgathe
    Office: EDB 9611
    Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:00-2:00PM & Thursdays 12:30-1:30PM
  • Prerequisites:

    ARCH 131 or any lower division biology course.



Select topics relating to biological anthropology.


Course Description:
This course is designed to be a detailed introduction to our closest evolutionary cousin: the Neandertals (Homo neanderthalensis) with a focus on their evolution and physiological adaptations. This will include an examination of:
-the history of Neandertal research
-the climatic background of Middle Palaeolithic Eurasia
-our current understanding of Neandertal:
     -Subsistence and Technology

The course will revolve mainly around lectures (with powerpoints) and the occasional film. Depending on class enrollment, there may also be a minor group discussion component.


  • Midterm 30%
  • Term Paper 35%
  • Final Exam 35%



There is no textbook for this course, but there will be assigned readings to go along with the major lecture topics. These will be available as pdfs on Canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need classroom or exam accommodations are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (1250 Maggie Benston Centre) as soon as possible to ensure that they are eligible and that approved accommodations and services are implemented in a timely fashion.

Deferred grades will be given only on the basis of authenticated medical disability.

Registrar Notes:

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