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Introduction to Human Evolution - Wellesley College

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Explore human evolutionary history through the human fossil, archaeological and genetic records.
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01/01/2017
What I would highlight This must be one of the best moocs ever created, extremely testing, intriguing lab sessions and issues, incredible discussion. With all the incredible new discoverys like H.naledi, and the redating of H.floresiensis, I truly trust that Professor Van Arsdale produces a redesigned, or surprisingly better, a subsequent more propelled course. Awesome enthusiastic speaker, extraordinary assets, captivating subject.

What could be improved Nothing.

Course taken: January 2017 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.
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01/02/2017
What I would highlight Adam Van Arsdale has put in this long MOOCs a wonderful exertion in making it the most thorough and, in this manner, the less fundamental as would be prudent. Going to this course you will find out about human causes and advancement (and about paleoanthropology itself) from various perspectives of various orders. Extremely interestingly instances of the principal confirmation of a few human social conduct are talked about.

What could be improved An excessive number of subjects canvassed in one day, insufficient time to rehearse all alone to get an appropriate comprehension of the usefulness disclosed.

Course taken: February 2017 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What you'll learn on the course

Biology
Genetics
Human Evolution
Life Sciences
Fossils

Course programme

As contemporary humans, we are a product of our evolutionary past. That past can be directly observed through the study of the human fossil record, the materials preserved for archaeological study, and the DNA of living and extinct human populations. This course will provide an overview of human evolutionary history from the present--contemporary human variation in a comparative context--through our last common ancestor with the living great apes, some 5-7 million years in the past. Emphasis will be placed on major evolutionary changes in the development of humans and the methodological approaches used by paleoanthropologists and related investigators to develop that knowledge. The course will begin by asking basic questions about how evolution operates to shape biological variation and what patterns of variation look like in living humans and apes. We will then look at how the human lineage first began to differentiate from apes, the rise and fall of the Australopithecines, the origin and dispersal of the genus Homo, and eventually the radical evolutionary changes associated with the development of agricultural practices in the past 15,000 years. Throughout the course students will be exposed to the primary data, places and theories that shape our understanding of human evolution.

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Adam Van Arsdale Adam van Arsdale is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wellesley College. He is a biological anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology. His primary research interest is the origin and dispersal of the genus Homo at the beginning of the Pleistocene and the importance of this event in establishing the pattern of evolution observed in humans over the past two million years. This research involves the study and analysis of primary fossil material, as well as the integration of those data with studies from archaeology and human genetics. For more than a decade, Adam has been involved in field work at the Paleolithic site of Dmanisi, Georgia, the earliest fossil hominin site outside of Africa, dating to about 1.8 million years of age. When not working in anthropology, Adam is a busy dad and passionate baseball fan.