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Monkeys, Apes and Humans
Anthropology 1500
Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia

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Professor: Mark Flinn
Office hours: 10-12 W
Office: 110 McAlester
phone: 882-9494

Text: How Humans Evolved by R. Boyd & J.B. Silk, W.W.Norton, 1997 (or 2nd ed 1999)


1000 Pts. total: Two mini-assignments (50 pts. each), four quizzes (150 pts. each total; 50 pts. 1st draft, 100 pts. final version), mid-term exam (150 pts.), final exam (150 pts.). + - grading. Grades are assigned using a flexible curve, but will not exceed 90-80-70-60% etc. I have no set grade quotas


All tests must be taken during class at the scheduled time. All writing assignments must be turned in on time. Make-ups will be given only under extreme circumstances with prior permission.

Note: Students with special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and need assistance with any component of this class, please notify the Access Office and Dr. Flinn immediately. Reasonable effort will be made to accommodate your special needs.

Another note: Academic honesty is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has-been responsibly And honorably acquired, developed, and presented. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting, or collaboration, consult the course instructor. This goes for all courses.


Humans have many distinctive features, both physical and behavioral. We, have language, art, music, extensive material culture, large brains, advanced intellect, stereoscopic vision, upright bipedal locomotion, an opposable thumb, externally protruding noses, menopause, and concealed ovulation. Some of these characteristics are unique to our species, Homo. sapiens, while others we share with our closest relatives, the non-human primates. In order to better understand how, when and why each of our 'human' features evolved, we can (1) compare and contrast our species with other living primates and (2) examine the fossil record of primate evolution.

This course examines primate and human anatomy, behavior, and evolution from the perspective of modern ecological and evolutionary theory. We will read about and discuss modem primate diversity, evolution, ecology, diet, locomotion, group structure, mating systems, sexual dimorphism, infanticide, parenting, play, culture, language, and intelligence in all primates, including humans. We will use what we learn to interpret the fossil record of primate evolution and develop a new, better understanding of ourselves and our closest relatives.

Course goals:

  1. Understand and appreciate primate diversity
  2. Learn the basic prinicples of modern evolutionary and ecological theory
  3. Use the scientific method to study primate anatomy and behavior
  4. Gain an overview of the fossil record of primate and human evolution
  5. Synthesize this information to interpret human anatomy and behavior

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