Human Evolution

Facilitator: Mary McClintock, 484-5163, Dates: Tuesdays, March 19– May 7, 2019 Time: 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Text: Evolution: The Human Story, by Dr. Alice Roberts, Order from Amazon Presentations: Seven required

Where did we come from? In my first human evolution class in 2014 we explored all of human evolution up to Homo sapiens (that’s us). This time, we will use the book extensively as well as use selected videos from “The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates,” from the great courses series, by Professor John Hawks.

We’ll study the evolution of humans as discovered by Donald Johanson and the Leakeys, to the Genus Homo (Neanderthals, Cro-Magnon, and other Homo species). The important fossils will be discussed: the Dikika baby, the Nariokotome boy, the Laetoli footprints, “Lucy,” the Old Man of La Chapelle-aux-saints, Java Man, and Homo erectus, as well as their discoverers. Emphasis will be made on recent finds: the DNA relationships between our predecessors, and recent discoveries (Homo naledi) and most recent interpretations of evidence.

Presentations by class members will include how fossils are dated, how man made tools, domestication, brain development, etc. Come to learn a simplified course in ancient human history!