Human Evolution and Archaeology
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- 28 Jun 2021
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Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- understand and apply scholarly principles and concepts to research problems in human evolution;
- comprehend in broad and comparative terms the archaeology and palaeoanthropology of human evolution;
- interpret varying hominin capabilities across time at a variety of scales and research themes, including cognitive evolution and migration histories;
- interpret changes in hominin biology across time in relation to climatic changes and upheavals; and
- demonstrate well-developed research and writing skills in the planning and execution of an essay.
- Topics will be available to enrolled students in the subjects Learning Management System site approximately one week prior to the commencement of the teaching period.
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This unit introduces the story of human evolution. The stage is set in Africa and Asia in the Miocene, and from there we track key hominin evolution through time and across space, with particular focus on recent findings in Asia and Island Indonesia. The story culminates with the appearance and spread of 'Homo sapiens' and possible encounters with Neanderthals, Denisovans, and other 'archaic' hominin species. We examine the science behind the story from the complementary perspectives of hominin biology-as reflected by morphological skeletal changes in bone and emerging data from ancient DNA. The archaeological record of hominin behaviour is also examined in the context of stone tools and other material remains.
Assessment 1 Online Quiz: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-2 Assessment 2 Online Quiz: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-3 Assessment 3 Online Quiz: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 4 Online Quiz: 500 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-4 Assessment 5 Essay: 2000 words. Relates to Learning Outcomes 1-5
Current study term: 27 Jun 21 to 24 Sep 21
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