Paleoanthropology 215

Module code ANA 215
Qualification Undergraduate
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Module content

Introduction to paleoanthropology, focusing on hominid fossil record, principles of evolution, principles of heredity, human variation, introduction to primatology, hominid taxonomy, time-frames and dating methods, fossilisation and taphonomy, trends in hominid evolution, hominid sites. Australopithecus, homo habilis, homo erectus, homo sapiens neanderthalensis, the origin of anatomically modern human beings, DNA studies, palaeo-environments, hominid diets, introduction to the development of culture, South African populations, human adaptation and modernisation.

Module credits 12.00
Service modules Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences
Prerequisites No prerequisites.
Contact time 1 practical per week, 2 lectures per week
Language of tuition Module is presented in English
Department Anatomy
Period of presentation Semester 1

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