20 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module is designed for students interested in primate and human evolution, and related fields such as archaeology, palaeontology, biology, and zoology. The module will utilise standard lecture and seminar formats, as well as Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) approaches, and learning materials will be delivered through the MOLE portal. The module will provide a detailed overview of current research in primate and hominid behaviour, life history, systematics and evolutionary biology. The scope includes description and discussion of key fossil groups, and ranges from the earliest extinct primate species currently known to the earliest populations of Homo sapiens. Class lectures and discussion will cover adaptive models and evolutionary processes such as natural selection, gene flow, and extinction, as well as the basis for behavioural reconstructions of selected extinct primates and hominids. Students are expected to participate in class discussions and to participate in other in-class learning activities such as practical exercises. This module will provide students with the detailed knowledge, conceptual understanding and critical abilities needed to pursue postgraduate study in palaeoanthropology and related fields.

Staff Contact: Kevin Kuykendall
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Presentations

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Archaeology):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK