Fall 2006 ANT 270

Dr. Bindon

Topics (notes are in Adobe Acrobat [pdf] format)


Orientation; Introduction to Anthropology; Scientific Method

J 1

Biological Basis of Life: Molecules and Cells; Principles of Inheritance

J 3,4

F: Exercises 1.1, 1.2 (Click here to get data for Exercise 1.2), 1.3 (For questions 5, 6, and 7 in Lab 1.3 assume that the genes are NOT linked, i.e., for problem 5, assume that the gene for PTC tasting and the gene for free-hanging earlobes occur on different chromosome pairs)

F 1-17

Development of the Concept of Evolution

J 2

F: Exercises 1.4,  1.5

F 17-24

Population Genetics

J 4

F: Exercises 1.6 (omit questions 3, 5, 6d, 6e, 7d, 8d, 8e; for questions 1, 2, 4 assume they are in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium), 1.7 (omit questions 1-3) (Click here to see how to solve a question in exercise 1.6)

F 25-46

Introduction to Primates

J 5

F: Exercise 2.1, 3.1 (Here's France Figure 2.4 corrected--sorry, 2.3 is OK, it's 2.4 that's screwed up! )

F 47-58

(Saturday--optional) Trip to Birmingham Zoo to do F: Exercises 6.1, 6.2, 6.3. I need to know who will be going by September 14 so we can arrange car pools. (Click here for the map to the zoo and driving directions) (Here's a better set of maps) (Here's a list of the zoo species with some info about each critter). If you are unable to make the trip to the zoo, you can earn the points for this lab by doing the Extra Credit Assignment (click here to find out how).

Here's what you missed--check out our trip!

F 125-133


J 6

F: Exercises 4.1 (measure pictures in lab book--sorry, no bones for now!), 5.1 (click here for instructions)

F 59-124


J 6

Non-Human Primate Evolution; (See last year's exam here)

J 7

F: Exercises 7.1, 8.1

F 135-158

First EXAM: Evolution, Genetics, Primates 

Return Exam, Begin Paleoanthropology

J 8

No Class--Fall Break

Introduction to Paleoanthropology

J 8

F: Exercise 9.1

F 159-170

Fossil Hominids (part 1) (part 2)

J 9, 10

F: Exercise 10.1 (skip #5, #10, and #11) (See our lab session with the fossils)

F 171-184

The Origin of Modern Humans

J 11

Human Variation: Concepts of variation

J 12

Race and Ethnicity

J 12

Culture and natural selection: The Malaria Example      

J 12

Race, part 2

J 12

F: Exercise 11.3 (Only answer #2 and #3), 12.1      Extra Credit Assignment Due  

F 209-257

ABO and Skin Color

J 13

F: Exercises 11.1 (DO ONLY #3, 5b, 6, 7, 8), 11.2 (OMIT # 4b, 4c, 8, 10, 12)
(See photos of 2003 anthropometry lab session) (data from last class measurements)

F 185-208

Social Modernization and Biological Adaptation in Samoa (See questions for Second Exam here)

J 14

Second EXAM: Fossil Man, Human Variation (Friday, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m.)


The readings come from Jurmain, Robert, Kilgore, Lynn, Trevathan, Wenda, and Nelson, Harry. 2003. Essentials of Physical Anthropology, 5th edition. New York: Wadsworth Publishing .  The lab exercises are found in France, D.L. 2004. Lab Manual and Workbook for Physical Anthropology, 5th Edition.  New York: Wadsworth Publishing.