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Exam 1 (TBA)

III. Sex, fossils and the evolution of intelligence

Week 6 (2-16): Whorl-wind tour of the fossil hominins; Fossil hominins, apes & humans compared; Male coalitions & ecological dominance. (Reading: Boyd & Silk, Ch. 10)

Week 7 (2-23): Australopithecines; Lucy; Early Homo (Reading: Boyd & Silk, Ch. 11, 12)

Week 8 (3-2): Did we have sex with Neanderthals? – Regional continuity vs. replacement; “Neandertals on Trial” (Reading: Boyd & Silk, Ch. 13)

Week 9 (3-9): Middle to Upper Paleolithic Transistion; The Mind’s Big Bang ( Reading: Boyd & Silk, Ch. 14)

Exam 2 (TBA) IV. Evolutionary ecology & cultural diversity of human sex & reproduction

Week 10 (3-23): Sex and/or gender; Division of Labor; Bridewealth (Reading: Boyd & Silk Ch, 19; Diamond Chs. 4 & 5)

Week 11 (3-30): Polygny threshold and male coercion; Tibetan polyandry; Sex, reproduction & kinship (Readings: MOTHER NATURE, Ch. 12)

Week 12 (4-6): Parental investment theory; Sex allocation & sex-biased parental care (MOTHER NATURE, Ch. 8, 11, 13)

Week 13 (4-13): Alloparenting & reproductive suppression; Menopause & “grandmother” hypothesis; What good are dads? (Reading: Boyd & Silk Ch, 17; MOTHER NATURE, Ch. 9, Diamond Ch. 6)

Week 14 (4-20): Westermark effect; “kissing” cousins, cousin marriage and inbreeding; Evolution & attachment theor (Readings: MOTHER NATURE, Ch. 15, 16, 17)

Week 15 (4-27): Parenting and offspring sexual development; Demographic transition & the cost of children. (Readings: MOTHER NATURE, Ch. 14, 23; Diamond Ch. 7)

Final exam (TBA)

Anth 468, Quinlan

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