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Anthropology 1: Biological Anthropology

This course introduces the concepts, methods of inquiry, and scientific explanations for biological evolution and their application to the human species. Issues and topics will include, but are not limited to, genetics, evolutionary theory, human variation and biocultural adaptations, comparative primate anatomy and behavior, and the fossil evidence for human evolution. The scientific method serves as foundation of the course.  (MJC ANTHR 101)

Transfer: UC/CSU. IGETC 4A, 5B; CSU-GE B2, D1

Anthropology 1: Syllabus

Anthropology 1: Exam Questions

Anthropology 1: Highly Recommended Sources from Faculty Website




Articles for Anthropology 1


Anatomical Origins: The Art of Viktor Deak

Becoming Human

Becoming Human: NOVA (PBS)

Carl Sagan's Cosmic Calendar - Palaeos

Embracing 'Deep Time' Thinking By Vincent F. Ialenti (NPR)

eSkeletons: University of Texas at Austin

Helene Guldberg's Website

Human Origins Initiative (Smithsonian)

Journey of Mankind: Interactive Trail By Stephen Oppenheimer

Pangea: Historical Perspective

Population Press

Rising Seas: If All the Ice Melted (National Geographic)

The Biology of Skin Color -- HHMI BioInteractive Video (YouTube)

The Human Edge (NPR)

The Human Family Tree - National Geographic Video

The Human Spark (PBS)

The Leakey Foundation

The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secrets By Douglas Preston (Smithsonian Magazine)

UNEP: Maps and Graphics Library

University of California Museum of Paleontology