Evolution and Development of Human Origins (3) In depth analysis of the genetic and developmental basis for phenotypic variation and evolution of humans and primates.
ANTH 468 Evolution and Development of Human Origins (3)
Recently biology has undergone a revolution regarding our understanding of the mechanisms underlying the evolution and development of animal form. This knowledge has a profound impact on the way we conduct and interpret morphological analyses pertaining to human evolution. In this course we will explore basic principles underlying Darwinian natural selection and our understanding of the evolution of complex characters. Then we will delve into developmental genetics to explore how the gene regulation can alter spatial and temporal expression patterns during development. We will next conduct a survey the basic embryology of key morphological systems of interest to biological anthropologists including: the axial skeleton and somite formation, limb buds, musculoskeletal system, skull formation, and dental and skin appendage formation. We will also explore issues concerning skeletal plasticity, fossil analysis, and comparative genomics. Discussion particular case studies related to human and primate evolution and morphological variation will illustrate the principles discussed in this course.
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