Week 3: Introduction to Paleoanthropology

This week, we’re going to be continuing with the story of us by using the tools of Paleoanthropology to explore our biological evolution.  We’ll start off by looking at some of our earliest ancestors, including Orrorin tugenensis and Australopithicus afarensis, in the hopes of answering the question “where did we come from?”

 Course Materials

Lecture Videos

Media (readings, video, etc)

Assessments
  • Week 3 Exam (available on D2L from May 29  at 9:00am EST and must be completed by June 3 at 11:59pm EST)
  • Week 3 Blog Post (due June 1 by 11:59pm EST).  Prompt: Choose and research a fossil hominin that has been discovered by paleoanthropologists, briefly describe that hominin, include the genus and species, estimated date of the fossil, where the fossil was located, and why that fossil is considered its own species. The fossil hominin that you choose cannot be one of the ones covered in this week’s lectures.  Include citations (news articles, journal articles, and scholarly websites) where you found your information. Do not use reference websites such as encyclopedia,com, wikipedia.com, etc.  Citations much be scholarly in nature (an academic journal, a reputable science publication, a publication by a reputable science writer).  If you aren’t sure what this means, please contact me.  Do you see any issues in the designation of this fossil as a separate species? Be sure to select the Week 3 Blog Post category
  • Week 3 Blog Comments (due June 3 by 11:59pm EST)