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SCH1132 Human Evolution and Ecology
Credit Points: 15
The place of humans in the natural world is explored through the fossil record, the molecules that make us, the behaviour of living nonhuman primates and the behaviours and biology of modern people. The evidence of our evolutionary past is visible in our DNA, our hominid anatomy, our physiology and our behaviour.  Even so, human evolution abounds with controversies: reason versus intelligent design and creationism; the aquatic ape hypotheses; the little people of Flores; human altruism, selfishness and genocide; and is Homo sapiens the architect of Planet Earth’s sixth mass-extinction?

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
E69Bachelor of Science (Human Biology)
SMBIOMBiomedical Science 10 Unit Supporting Major
SMCBIMBiomedical Science 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIBIOMBiomedical Science Minor
MABIOMBiomedical Science Major
SMCHUMHUMAN BIOLOGY 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIHBIOHuman Biology Minor
MAHBIOHuman Biology Major
SMCGENHUMAN GENETICS 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIGENHuman Genetics Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/04/2009 VET: 30/04/2009