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Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
This course will be a survey of the anatomical and behavioral evidence for human evolution and of the increasingly important information derived from molecular genetics. Emphasis will be on the split between the human and chimpanzee lines 6-7 million years ago, the appearance of the australopiths 4.1 million years ago, the emergence of the genus Homo about 2.5 million years ago, the spread of Homo from Africa 1.7-1.6 million years ago, the subsequent divergence of Homo into different species on different continents, and the expansion of fully modern humans (Homo sapiens) from Africa about 50,000 years ago to replace the Neanderthals and other nonmodern Eurasians.