Introduction to Human Evolution - Wellesley College

3 opinioni


Informazione importanti

  • Corso
  • Online
  • Quando:

Explore human evolutionary history through the human fossil, archaeological and genetic records.
With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

Informazione importanti

Requisiti: None


Dove e quando

Inizio Luogo



Il meglio This has got to be one of the best moocs ever produced, very challenging, interesting lab sessions and problems, great forum. With all the fantastic new finds like H.naledi, and the redating of H.floresiensis, I really hope that Professor Van Arsdale produces an updated, or even better, a follow up more advanced course. Great passionate lecturer, great resources, fascinating subject.

Da migliorare Nothing.

Corso realizzato: Novembre 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

Il meglio Adam Van Arsdale has put in this long MOOCs a remarkable effort in making it the most complete and, therefore, the less introductory as possible. Attending this course you will learn about human origins and evolution (and about paleoanthropology itself) from different points of view of different disciplines. Be prepared to study for months teeth and skulls :) At the end, you will gain the unusual, probably useless, skill to immediately recognized human bones structures and classify them based on their evolutionary age of development. Very interestingly cases of the first evidence of several human social behavior are discussed.

Da migliorare An excessive number of subjects canvassed in one day, insufficient time to rehearse all alone to get an appropriate comprehension of the usefulness disclosed.

Corso realizzato: Novembre 2015 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

Il meglio I really enjoyed this course and am very sad it's over. I was extremely impressed by the composition of the lectures, readings, questions, discussions, etc. I have a PhD in biology and numerous other qualifications in areas like business studies. I have also taken a range of other MOOCs. I can honestly say this is just about the most well constructed course I've ever studied and Prof Van Arsdale should be congratulated. Moreover, I had never heard of Wellesley College before, but I have now! I really hope to see further courses on paleoanthropology taught by Prof Van Arsdale in future. He is a consumate communicator of scientific concepts - engaging, accessible and collaborative. In short, a teacher. I have learned a great deal and will look at my fellow humans slightly differently from now on. Thank you.

Da migliorare Nothing.

Corso realizzato: Settembre 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

Cosa impari in questo corso?

Human Evolution
Life Sciences


As contemporary humans, we are a product of our evolutionary past. That past can be directly observed through the study of the human fossil record, the materials preserved for archaeological study, and the DNA of living and extinct human populations. This course will provide an overview of human evolutionary history from the present--contemporary human variation in a comparative context--through our last common ancestor with the living great apes, some 5-7 million years in the past. Emphasis will be placed on major evolutionary changes in the development of humans and the methodological approaches used by paleoanthropologists and related investigators to develop that knowledge. The course will begin by asking basic questions about how evolution operates to shape biological variation and what patterns of variation look like in living humans and apes. We will then look at how the human lineage first began to differentiate from apes, the rise and fall of the Australopithecines, the origin and dispersal of the genus Homo, and eventually the radical evolutionary changes associated with the development of agricultural practices in the past 15,000 years. Throughout the course students will be exposed to the primary data, places and theories that shape our understanding of human evolution.

Ulteriori informazioni

Adam Van Arsdale Adam van Arsdale is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wellesley College. He is a biological anthropologist with a specialization in paleoanthropology. His primary research interest is the origin and dispersal of the genus Homo at the beginning of the Pleistocene and the importance of this event in establishing the pattern of evolution observed in humans over the past two million years. This research involves the study and analysis of primary fossil material, as well as the integration of those data with studies from archaeology and human genetics. For more than a decade, Adam has been involved in field work at the Paleolithic site of Dmanisi, Georgia, the earliest fossil hominin site outside of Africa, dating to about 1.8 million years of age. When not working in anthropology, Adam is a busy dad and passionate baseball fan.