Human Evolution: The Fossil and Archaeological Record - ANTB5410

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Chris Dunmore checkmark-circle


Hominins – the array of species of which ours is the only living representative – provide the clues to our own origins. In this module, the methods and evidence used to reconstruct their biology and behaviour are discussed. This module will provide students with an advanced knowledge of human evolution, as well as techniques used in the examination of behaviour and cognition in fossil hominins. Emphasis is placed on the study of both the fossil and archaeological evidence for human evolution. By the end of the module, students will be able to assess the importance of an evolutionary perspective to the human sciences.


Contact hours

Private Study: 110
Contact Hours: 40
Total: 150


• BSc Biological Anthropology and associated programmes
• BSc Human Biology and Behaviour and associated programmes
• BSc Anthropology and associated programmes

Also available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Poster (40%)
Poster presentation (20%)
Practical assessment – Lab (45 mins) (40%)

Reassessment Instrument: Like for like

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Competently assess evidence and articulate theories concerning the biological and cultural evolution of humans
2 Critically evaluate arguments and data in the field of palaeoanthropology
3 Summarise the key stages in the pattern of human anatomical and cultural evolution
4 Understand how palaeoanthropologists reconstruct hominin behaviour
5 Critically evaluate scientific papers in paleoanthropology


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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