ANTHRBIO 469 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
Winter 2021, Section 002 - Primate Social Evolution
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Anthropology, Biological (ANTHRBIO)
Department: LSA Anthropology
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Requirements & Distribution:
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This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course students will learn about how natural selection has shaped the social organization and behavior of a variety of nonhuman primate species. Advances in the study of behavioral ecology, cognition, genetics, and physiology over the last century have led to impressive breakthroughs in our understanding of this extremely diverse order of mammals. Humans, of course, are primates too, and anthropologists study nonhuman primates to learn more about the sorts of animals that humans evolved from and to understand how natural selection shapes behavior in animals that share our long lives, large brains, good memories, extended parental care, and capacity for nepotism, reciprocity, and competition.

Class Format:

The course format will be twice-weekly discussion sessions of textbook and primary literature readings on these subjects that will require synchronous participation, but as a DC (Distance due to COVID) course, all aspects of this course will be fully compatible with remote online learning. Twice-weekly reading response assignments and a final literature review will be submitted asynchronously via Canvas, and final group presentations will be conducted synchronously at the end of the semester.


ANTHRBIO 469 - Topics in Biological Anthropology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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