Biological Anthropology

485 Oral Biology (4) Intense examination of human dentition and oral skeletal structures: including dento-facial

embryology/growth, histology, gross tooth morphology and pathology.

490 Primate Evolution (3) Living and fossil primate taxonomy, ecology, and comparative anatomy. Survey of

primate fossil record with emphasis on the origin or major primate lineages.

Prerequisite(s): 110.

494 Primate Behavior (3) Social organization and behavior of selected primates: group composition, size, and

structure; patterns of mating; other social interactions; communication; and cultural behavior. Application of

primate studies to human ethology.

Prerequisite(s): 110 or consent of instructor.

501 Graduate Research (1-9): Advanced Bioarchaeology Seminar

The goal of this seminar is to ask what bioarchaeology is, should be, and/or could be. We ask this at a

practical level (what are bioarchaeologists actually doing?) and a theoretical level (how can we push the

present limits of bioarchaeology? How are they currently being pushed?).

501 Graduate Research (1-9): Statistics This course is designed to introduce advanced students to the basic

concepts in frequentist statistics and their application to anthropological questions. Topics covered include

standard parametric statistical methods (e.g., General Linear Model, correlation, classificatory methods, and

mean comparison techniques) and some of their nonparametric correlates (e.g., chi-square, Mann-Whitney U-

test, and ranking statistics). The course emphasizes an understanding of what methods are available

and when they are appropriately applied to data. Data sets for exploring these statistics are provided in the

course for hands on learning.

501 Graduate Research (1-9): Evolutionary Theory and Human Behavior This seminar presents a topical and

historical overview of the use of evolutionary theory in anthropology (meaning primarily cultural anthropology,

but including some archaeology), and evaluates relevant evolutionary-minded literature from other fields

(biology, psychology, philosophy, economics) for its applicability to anthropological inquiry. Specific course

mate choice. "pure" altruism. 582 Paleoanthropology (4) Fossil record from origin of hominids to appearance of anatomically modern humans. fundamental concepts of evolutionary theories as applied (and misapplied) in the anthropological study of human social behavior. vital statistics. and measures of biological relationships as related to population as adaptive unit. reductionism..goals are to examine.. Demography. pathology. relationships of variation to geography.) and evolutionary-minded research in those domains. odontology and subsequent legal responsibilities. and important debates (e. Prerequisite(s): 480. parenting. The focus is on traditional methodological issues and the application of recent social theory to the analysis of the mortuary record. 580 Advanced Human Variation (3) Genetic and morphological variation among extant human groups. 585 Laboratory Studies in Biological Anthropology (3) Topical coverage of laboratory methods in biological anthropology. religious and moral systems. historical/methodological approaches in the anthropological study of human behavior from an evolutionary perspective. etc. 583 Skeletal Biology (3) Practical and theoretical approaches to analysis of prehistoric human skeletal remains. Relationship of anthropology to pathology. ecology and subsistence. demographic transition. etc. Prerequisite(s): 480. art. Evolving role of forensic anthropology in medico-legal system. incorporating aspects of Biological Anthropology and Anthropological Archaeology. . 584 Seminar in Bioarchaeology (3) Method and theory in Bioarchaeology. specific domains of human behavior (e. 581 Forensic Anthropology (3) Application of human identification methods to skeletal/dental tissues.g. Recommended Background: Human osteology and basic bioarchaeology. through readings. warfare. levels of selection. Functional morphology and phylogenetic relationships of fossil humans. nutrition. discussion. Prerequisite(s): 480.g.) in the application of evolutionary theory to human cultural behavior. and research.

590 Method and Theory in Biological Anthropology (3) Current methods of analysis in biological anthropology and of past and current history of theoretical perspectives. and what problems might you anticipate from applying your choice? These estimated dimensions are related to evolutionary models and skeletal biology hypotheses that associate morphological variation with environmental effects. what additional understanding can we gain by reading primary sources? What is evolutionary theory? Is there more than one? Why does it form the basis of our subfield? Are we applying evolutionary theory/ies fruitfully? Have we lost sight of some of the most interesting theoretical questions in our common bioanthropological pursuits? 690 Migration and Morphometrics This seminar explores the background. While these sources provide valuable interpretations. The theoretical foundation of biological anthropology is evolutionary theory. Recommended Background: Basic genetics and evolutionary biology. subsistence. we will explore some of the key primary literature in biological evolution. For example. 690 Readings in Biological Evolution In this seminar. how does one evaluate the various methods that are available for the estimation of stature from skeletons? Which should be used. and application of techniques for the reconstruction of morphology from archaeological human skeletal remains. As anthropologists in the 21st century. namely those associated with climate. and human variation and population structure. and academic literature. Some previous knowledge of key evolutionary concepts is a must. textbooks.586 Anthropological Genetics (3) Method and theory of Anthropological Genetics. and activity. methods. The majority of the seminar discussion is devoted to the methods for and utilization of estimating human morphology from skeletal remains. human osteology. The course explores recent innovations in the field with respect to human variation and human origins. Students are asked to compare the merits of different . Paleoanthropology. most of our understanding of evolution derives from secondary sources: professors. applying methods from genetics and genomics to issues in Anthropology. and population history in the Americas. This is discussed in the context of human adaptation to environmental factors. migration.

sources of information that can be gleaned from the skeleton and from their archaeological contexts throughout the course. Prerequisite(s): 480 or human biology course. and cardiovascular system. Dissection of cadavers. 695 Gross Human Anatomy (9) Skeleton. muscles. .