Human Evolutionary Biology
Human Evolutionary Biology 2023-24
School Of Natural Sciences
Module - Semester 2
This module will cover:
- How to study human evolution (theory, evidence, methods and ethics);
- Humans in primate context;
- The human fossil record & ancient environments;
- Modern human evolutionary biology (including genetics, reproduction/sexuality, endocrinology/physiology, diets, life histories, behavioural ecology and health & disease);
- The archaeological evidence for human evolution;
- The evolution of cognition;
- Be able to explain their understanding of human evolutionary biology to specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language and means of presentation.
- Critically assess the archaeological, genetic and comparative evidence for the evolution of human cognitive capacities and behaviours like the use of language, art and music
- Demonstrate a detailed understanding of how modern human biological systems (including locomotion, endocrinology, behaviour, diets, life histories, reproductive strategies and social systems) have evolved from the time of our last common ancestor with chimpanzees
- Describe the history of palaeoanthropology and evaluate the significance of specific fossil discoveries, novel techniques and theories pertaining to our growing understanding of our own past
- Explain and critique specific theories of human evolution in the context of wider debates on evolutionary theory.