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    Vassar College
  Jan 21, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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ANTH 232 - Topics in Biological Anthropology

Semester Offered: Spring
1 unit(s)

This course covers topics within the broad field of biological (or physical) anthropology ranging from evolutionary theory to the human fossil record to the identification of human skeletal remains from crime scenes and accidents. Bioanthropology conceptualizes cultural behavior as an integral part of our behavior as a species. Topics covered in this course may include human evolution, primate behavior, population genetics, human demography and variation, or forensic anthropology.

May be repeated for credit if the topic has changed.

Topic for 2017/18b:  Primate Behavior & Ecology.  This class examines the social systems and behavior of our closest living relatives, the primates. This diverse group provides evolutionary background for understanding human society and behaviors. The course begins by outlining questions about primate behavior. In this section, the Order Primates is introduced by examining the biology and behavior of each of the major groups (Strepsirrhines, New and Old World monkeys, and apes). Next, several aspects of primate social systems including spacing, mating and grouping patterns are discussed. The course  concludes by reviewing selected topics of primate behavior, such as vocal communication, cognition and conservation. In addition to the broad overview of Primates, a term paper intimately acquaints each student with a single species.  Zachary Cofran.

Two 75-minute periods.

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