Human Origins (ARC2127)

15 credits

Human Origins is a fascinating topic because it cuts to the heart of our understanding of ourselves and our history.  It is an interdisciplinary and fast-moving field with contributions from many forms of evidence: bones, tools, experiments, primate behaviour, and environments.  The class will introduce the broad issues of our evolutionary pathway and the developmental milestones along the way.  Evidence from both Africa and Asia will be considered and there will be detailed snapshots of key data from sites such as Olduvai Gorge and the Flores ‘hobbit’ -  Homo floriensis.  The way in which data has accumulated and opinions have changed with new finds is a key feature of the module.  Students will be able to discuss the latest theories as part of ‘current controversies’ discussions.