GEN ED: Capstone Experience
This course is a comprehensive survey of hominin evolution. The archaeological and fossil record from the past 8 million years will be examined in detail, including paleoclimate research or, â€œstones and bones.â€ In addition to studying the evidence for evolution, students will develop critical thinking skills about research paradigms, design, methodology, and interpretive frameworks. Lab exercises will allow students to examine fossil casts using a systems approach that considers structural-functional relationships, competing pressures in evolution, and even misapplication of evolutionary theory. After participating in this course, students will have learned basic human evolutionary anatomy and will also be familiar with key theoretical issues and debates in paleoanthropology. Prerequisite: Senior standing and ANT 2215, 2221, 2230, 3220. Students who have previously received credit for ANT 4320 may not enroll in or receive credit for ANT 4321.