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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Anthropology

BIOLOGICAL - Spring 2018

Anthropology 361.001 / Becoming Human

Professor: Carlina De La Cova

     (3 credits) 

Fulfills the Biological Requirement for the Anthropology Major 


Course Readings:

Evolution: Human Story, ed. 11 by Roberts; ISBN: 9780756686734 

Human Career, ed. 3rd by Klein; ISBN 9780226439655

Course Description:

This course will investigate the development of humanity within the context of fossil, genetic, and archaeological evidence. We will examine the biological and archaeological evolution of the human lineage beginning with early hominins and ending with the dispersion of Homo sapien sapiens, our own species. To understand the process of becoming human, we will debunk the myths and discuss controversies associated with human evolution, examine changes in the material culture, technology, and ecology that accompanied hominins, and review the biological and genetic evidence that shapes our understanding of human evolution. Some of “bones of contention” discussed include the origins of bipedalism, tool development/use, and big brains, the place of newly discovered hominins, the Neandertal enigma, and the rise of symbolism.



ANTH 561.001 / Human Osteology

Professor: Carlina De La Cova

 (4 credits) 

Fulfills the Biological Requirement for the Major


Fulfills the 500-level(s) requirement(s) for the Major or for DURT


Course Readings:

Human Osteology, 3rd Edition. Time White, et al. Hardcover, ISBN 13: 978-0123741349 

Additional readings will be placed on Blackboard. It is the student’s responsibility to check Blackboard daily as announcements, readings, and other materials will be posted on Blackboard. 

Course Description:

This course provides an intensive, hands-on and active learning introduction to the identification of human skeletal remains. Throughout the course of the semester students will learn: 1) how to identify skeletal elements, both whole and fragmentary; 2) how to estimate age, sex, ancestry, and stature of an individual; 3) how to distinguish between human and non-human remains; 4) how to reconstruct populations, particularly in terms of diet and disease; and 5) real world applications of human osteology.