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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. Evidence of our evolutionary past is visible in the fossil record, in our DNA, our hominid anatomy, our physiology and our behaviour.  Even so, the field of human evolutionary study abounds with controversies: intelligent design and creationism; the aquatic ape hypothesis; the little people of Flores; human altruism, selfishness and genocide; is Homo sapiens the architect of Planet Earth’s sixth mass-extinction? This unit presents the scientific evidence for human evolution and critically appraises significant controversies within Biological Anthropology.

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This Unit is part of the following Courses / Unit Sets
C32Bachelor of Medical Science
E69Bachelor of Science (Human Biology)
SMCBIMBiomedical Science 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIBIOMBiomedical Science Minor
MABUUDBiomedical Science Major
SMCHUMHuman Biology 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIHBIOHuman Biology Minor
MAHBIOHuman Biology Major
SMCGENHuman Genetics 8 Unit Supporting Major
MIAGENHuman Genetics Minor
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Last Updated - Higher Education: 15/03/2013 VET: 20/05/2013