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Leila M. Porter
BIO A 201
Seattle Campus

Principles of Biological Anthropology

Evolution and adaptation of the human species. Evidence from fossil record and living populations of monkeys, apes, and humans. Interrelationships between human physical and cultural variation and environment; role of natural selection in shaping our evolutionary past, present, and future. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

A basic introduction to Biological anthropology including the evolution of non-human primates and humans. We will discuss natural selection and speciation, and examine the fossil record, with particular emphasis on the evolution of modern humans. We will also compare the anatomy and behavior of living primates to determine how anatomical and behavioral similarities and differences reflect their evolutionary histories.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures Films Independent virtual labs

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Midterm Final


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Last Update by Leila M. Porter
Date: 10/24/2002