Human Origins (ANTH 310)

Instructor: Prof. Michael Pietrusewsky
Office Hours: Dean 207; Wednesday 9-11 AM, or by appointment.

Office Phone: 956-6653; Office Mailbox: Saunders 346
Physical Anthropology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa

This course serves an introduction to the origin and evolution of our species, Homo sapiens. Although evidence from many disciplines is included, the primary focus of this course will be the human fossil record and comparative anatomy. The topics to be covered in the first part of the course include the principles of evolution, the physical and geological context of evolution, evolutionary systematics and classification, and comparative primate anatomy and behavior. The latter part of the course will focus on the history of paleoanthropology, earlier and later fossil hominins, the associated cultural/archaeological record, the appearance of modern humans, and the peopling of New World and the Pacific. Other special topics will include bipedalism, evolution of the brain, intelligence, and language.

Course Syllabus, Course Outline, Assignment #1, Assignment #2

Prequisite: Anth 215, 215L or consent of instructor.


Lecture01, Lecture02, Lecture03, Lecture04, Lecture05, Lecture06, Lecture07, Lecture08, Lecture09, Lecture10, Lecture11, Lecture12, Lecture13, Lecture14, Lecture15, Lecutre16, Lecture17, Lecture18, Lecture19, Lecture20, Lecture21, Lecture22, Lecture23, Lecture24, Lecture25, Lecture26

Required Texts:
Conroy, G.C. 2005 Reconstructing Human Origins 2nd ed. New York: W.W. Norton

Lewin, Roger 2005. Human Evolution: An Illustrated Introduction 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.. Englewood, CO: Morton Publishing Co.

Written Assignment: An Annotated bibliography and a term paper.

Exams: There will be two, non-cumulative, written exams (mid-term and final). The questions on the exam will have a variety of formats (e.g., multiple choice, short definition, short essay).

Lecture Study Guide 1


Disability Statement: If you feel you need reasonable accommodations because of the impact of a disability, please 1) contact the KOKUA Program (V/T) at 956-7511 or 956-7612 in Room 013 of the QLCSS; 2) speak with me privately to discuss your specific needs. I will be happy to work with you and the KOKUA Program to meet your access needs related to your documented disability.

Class Etiquette: Deactivate all electronic devices during class. Be punctual!