INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY | ONLINE. . . . . . . . . . .Spring 2020

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      I: Biological Anthropology

craniumWeek 4. Feb 17-21: Origins of Homo sapiens
read Lavenda textbook, Chapter 4
to do: Group Discussion 4 – Last Human Standing
to do: Quiz due on Blackboard on Thursday
to do: Online Media #4 - due no later than 5pm Fri

Exam 1 is Next Week on Blackboard
(multiple choice/matching format, around 60 questions, limited time)
Click here for a REVIEW SHEET for Exam 1

Blackboard Link

Anthropology Quote of the Week:

Gould"Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day."

~Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda's Thumb, 1980

The Four Fields (Chapter 1)
Evolution & Genetics (Chapter 2)
Primatology (Chapter 3) (coming soon)


Online Media 4:
In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel)

Feb 21 5pm


Online Media 3:
Watch PBS NOVA's"Becoming Human, Part III"
(YouTube, ~52 min, 2014)

Feb 14 5pm


Online Media 2:
Watch this video about The Evolution of Shape
(2014, ~45 min)

Feb 7 5pm


Online Media 1: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology"(mostly about cultural anthropology) -- See questions and instructions to the left

DUE FRIDAY Jan 31 5pm


Remember: Each week you should, at minimum, complete the following objectives:

  1. Read the assigned textbook chapter and review the course notes online
  2. Complete the week's chapter quiz between Tues 9am - Thurs 9pm (See the Quizzes and Exams folder on Blackboard -- note, there was no quiz in the first week)
  3. Complete a Discussion Post for the week (see the Discussions area on Blackboard)
  4. Complete the Online Media (ANTH#) for the week before Friday 5pm (no exceptions!) on the course website (below)

At certain times during the semester you will also have writing assignments and longer exams. These are marked on the course schedule and bear a large part of the course grade, so be prepared for these assignments/exams as well.

Posting to the Discussion Board (on Blackboard):

You should be actively posting weekly to the Discussion Board so as to add to your participation score for the course. Here is how to add a discussion postThe "Discussions" can be found using the links on the left side of the Blackboard page; click that link and then click on the title of the Discussion to which you want to add a comment or reply. You'll see a page of posts with the other student's names; to add to it, click on "Create Thread".

Recommended readings:

Human Evolution

Evolution - General



Online Media 4


Watch In Search of Human Origins (1999, 69 min, Discovery Channel), and answer the following questions (if you're having a hard time finding the answers, the time markers indicate roughly the minute within which each answer can be found. But for context, it is important that you watch the video in its entirety).

1. In 1969 what did Richard Leakey and his team discover in Africa? (~3 min)

2. What was the change that happened to our understanding of the path of human origins as a result of the above discovery? (~4 min)

3. What was the Great Rift Valley of Africa like 5 million years ago? (~7 min)

4. What geographical features led to different adaptations for humans and chimpanzees? (~1 min)

5. What was the important adaptation that developed, as evidenced by fossilized footprints discovered at Laetoli? (~12 min)

6. What were the physical characteristics of the young hominid Australopithecenes found in Steigfontein cave and in Ethiopia (nicknamed Lucy)? (~17 min)

7. What species was found near the edges of Lake Turkana and what were the new physical differences in the skeleton from earlier species from which he evolved?(~21 min)

8. How many migrations from Africa were there according to the genetic evidence produced by the Khoi San people? Explain. (~30 min)

9. What force of nature trapped Homo sapiens in Africa and drove Australopithecenes and Homo ergaster to extinction? (~34 min)

10. What is the nickname given to the fossil evidence from Omo Kibbish dated to 130,000 years ago, and why was it given that nickname? (~44 min)

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not an attachment)
to:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH4

Due by Friday, Feb 21, 5pm

Credit for your answers can be found on
the online grades page.

(Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link for email, or remove the automatic subject line heading "ANTH" if you do).



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