Jan 26, 2021  
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog 
2017-18 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANT 135 - Human Evolution: Physical Anthropology & Archaeology

3 Credit Hours

This is an introductory course to familiarize students with the methods and findings of Physical/Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. Interrelated biological and sociocultural factors that have been proposed to explain the evolution of the human species will be examined as well as the wide range of adaptive responses to differing environmental and societal pressures encountered by humans as they left their original homeland.

Prerequisite(s): COM 050  or COM 051  or ESL 050  and COM 061  or ESL 060  

Semesters Offered: Spring


This course provides the student with the latest scientific evidence in the continuing controversies surrounding such topics as the origin and antiquity of the human body and the factors most responsible for the major social and economic changes that have occurred in human history


  1. Identify the subject phenomena of physical/biological) anthropology and archaeology

  2. Utilize concepts basic to physical/biological anthropology and archaeology

  3. Describe the various methods of collecting anthropological data

  4. Correctly use the logic of cause and effect relationships in attempting to analyze the past history of the human species

  5. Describe how evolutionary change occurs

  6. Compare and contrast neo-Darwinism with classical Darwinism

  7. Discuss the similarities and differences between human anatomy and behavior and that of other animals

  8. Describe the adaptive changes that occurred in the hominid line that led to the rise of the first true humans

  9. Discuss the role that language acquisition played in the adaptive success of modern humans

  10. Identify and describe each of the key pre-human hominids

  11. Describe the cultural and biological adaptations of humans to their physical and social environments

  12. Compare and contrast the various theories that have been proposed to explain the rise of agriculture, animal domestication, and civilization

  13. Identify and explain how inequalities in wealth, status, and power first arose in human societies

  14. Discuss the facts and fallacies associated with the terms “race” and “I.Q.”

  15.  Make a prediction about future evolutionary trends in the human species

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