ENVS 203, ANTH 212|
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)(ARCP-MN)(ARCP)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(SISP)(SISP-ScieDblMjr)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
|Examinations and Assignments: |
: Two midterms and one final examination; weekly short reading response assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
: For Spring 2021, pre-recorded lectures will be posted to Moodle. Students will meet once a week for discussion session on Zoom. There will also be 3-4 optional in-person sessions during the semester for looking at archaeological artifacts, bones, and other materials.
|Instructor(s): Brunson,Katherine Times: .M.W.F. 11:10AM-12:00PM; Location: ONLINE; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 2||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 3||SO: 8||FR: 8|
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