ANTH S-1300 Summer Seminar: Human Evolution
How do we know how humans evolved? This course investigates the evidence and methods used to reconstruct human evolution. We review 8 million years of evolutionary history, focusing on the origins of defining features of our species, including bipedalism, tool use, language, art, and agriculture. We analyze how well interpretations of the past are supported by different lines of evidence such as genetic data, the fossil and archaeological records, and comparisons with living primates. To gain first-hand experience in research methods, students work with fossils and artifacts from Harvard museums and complete exercises in Harvard laboratories.