Biological Anthropology

Course Code :1001WETBIA
Study domain:Biology
Academic year:2017-2018
Semester:1st semester
Sequentiality:Minimum 8/20 for Evolution theory and biological classification
Contact hours:23
Credits:3
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Jeroen Stevens
Wendt Müller

3. Course contents *

The scope of biological anthropology is situated within anthropology. We will discuss the evolution and radiation of the primates, with a brief survey of their phylogeny (molecular...) and a more profound treatment of their ecology and social behaviour. The ape-hominin transition is illustrated with the evolution towards bipedalism. The early hominins are dealt with, especially the australopithecines. Dealing with the topic of early Homo, we focus primarily on H. habilis, H. ergaster, H. erectus and H. heidelbergensis. Modern man is discussed as well as the Neaderthal man and the Denisovan. Human migration around the world is described. Each year, the content of the course is adapted to the latest findings, since this is a rapidly evolving discipline.