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The Secrets of Ancient Bones: Discovering Ancient DNA and Archaeology
ARCP 203
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENVS 203, ANTH 212, SISP 203, IDEA 203

New analyses of ancient DNA preserved for millennia in bones and soils have revolutionized the field of archaeology. Suddenly, archaeologists have gained new insight into human origins, past population migrations, ancient diseases, plant and animal domestication, and even the factors that contributed to the extinctions of megafauna such as woolly mammoths. Recent genetic case studies will provide a lens for learning about the archaeology of diverse world regions and time periods, from Oceania to Mesoamerica and from the Paleolithic through recent history. Topics will include: human evolution and genetic relationships between humans, Neanderthals, and Denisovans; the peopling of the globe; extinction and de-extinction; domestication and the origins of agriculture; paleodiseases and paleodiets; and ethics in genetic research.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS ARCP
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(IDEA)(STS)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

Last Updated on JUL-17-2024
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