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Faculty of Arts and SciencesHuman Evolutionary BiologyTerence Capellini and Neil Roach
TermDay and Time
Fall 2018-2019  (show academic calendar)TuTh   10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
4  (show credit conversion for other schools)
Credit Level
Graduate and Undergraduate

Humans and our primate relatives are incredibly variable. This variation results from natural selection operating on the developmental mechanisms that control anatomy and physiology. While these mechanisms remain mostly undiscovered, we are beginning to understand these complex processes due to major advances in technology that have pushed the fields of genetics, genomics and developmental biology rapidly forward. This research-centered course explores these relationships in the context of the human paleontological record. We focus on the evolution and development of the musculoskeletal system, which includes the cranium, axial skeleton and limbs, and present studies that cast light on the developmental genetic mechanisms that underlie major transitions in human evolution.

Recommended: LS1b (Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution). Introductory courses in paleoanthropology, anatomy helpful but not required.

This course will meet in room MCZ 541. This course fulfills the research seminar requirement for Human Evolutionary Biology and includes a mandatory laboratory section.

Exam Group

Cross Registration
Eligible for cross-registration
With permission of instructor/subject to availability

MIT students please cross register from MIT's Add/Drop application.