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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Biological Anthropology for explaining
how evolution carried us forward to become what we are today.

Biological Anthropology
An Evolutionary Perspective
Lectures by Professor Barbara J. King

Biological Anthropology (2002)
24 lectures, 12 hours
Biological Anthropology: An Evolutionary Perspective at TheGreatCourses.com

When we consider ourselves, not as static beings fixed in time but as dynamic, ever-changing creatures, our viewpoint of human history becomes different and captivating.

The crucial element of "time depth" has revolutionized the very questions we ask about ourselves. "Who are we?" has turned into What have we become? What are we becoming?"

What makes this viewpoint possible is the evolutionary perspective offered by biological anthropology through the study of the evolution, genetics, anatomy, and modern variation within the human species.

A Discipline of Far-Ranging Questions

  • Are the great apes a unique break point from the past - and toward the human - because they can understand other beings' mental states?
  • Did we destroy the Neandertals?
  • Did modern Homo sapiens evolve entirely on the African continent, replacing other hominid forms as they fanned out into Asia and Europe? Or did they evolve simultaneously and in the same direction on all three continents?
  • Did hunting and its requirements for cooperation and intelligence make us human?
  • What is the role of our evolution in determining social hierarchy? gender roles? obesity? morning sickness in pregnancy?
  • How is evolution active in human development today?

As Dr. King addresses these and other questions in this scientific story, you will come to see evolution as not simply a textbook theory but a vital force.

Professor Barbara J. King is a biological anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at the The College of William and Mary. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. At William and Mary, Professor King has won four awards including the Thomas Jefferson Teaching Award. She received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and has published three books on anthropology, including The Information Continuum: Social Information Transfer in Monkeys, Apes, and Hominids.

24 Lectures - 30 minutes each

1: What is Biological Anthropology? 13: Who Were the Neandertals?
2: How Evolution Works 14: Did Hunting Make Us Human?
3: The Debate Over Evolution 15: The Prehistory of Gender
4: Matter Arising - New Species 16: Modern Human Anatomy and Behavior
5: Prosimians, Monkeys, and Apes 17: On the Origins of Homo sapiens
6: Monkey and Ape Social Behavior 18: Language
7: The Mind of the Great Ape 19: Do Human Races Exist?
8: Models for Human Ancestors? 20: Modern Human Variation
9: Introducing the Hominids 21: Body Fat, Diet, and Obesity
10: Lucy and Company 22: The Body and Mind Evolving
11: Stones and Bones 23: Tyranny of the Gene?
12: Out of Africa 24: Evolution and Our Future


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Biological Anthropology
An Evolutionary Perspective
Lectures by Professor Barbara J. King

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Biological Anthropology for explaining
how evolution carried us forward to become what we are today.