Course description

How do we know how humans evolved? This seminar investigates the evidence and methods used to reconstruct human evolution. We review eight million years of evolutionary history focusing on the origins of defining features of our species such as bipedalism tool use language art and agriculture. We evaluate interpretations of the past using different lines of evidence including genetic and fossil data the archaeological and ethnographic records and comparisons with living primates.


  • College Fellow in Anthropology, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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