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Course: Human Evolutionary Biology 1451 - Primate Functional Genetics and Genomics

Information:  Faculty of Arts and Sciences    Human Evolutionary Biology    Terence D. Capellini
Term Day and Time:  Spring 2014-Present;  Hours to be arranged    
Credits: Half course; Credit Level: Graduate and Undergraduate
Course Description: Recent advances in genetics, genomics, and developmental biology are improving our understanding of human and non-human primate biological traits. These disciplines, when incorporated into a multi-faceted context, can reveal the mechanistic basis of evolutionary adaptations. This seminar is designed to investigate and critically evaluate foundational and novel research in primates (and other organisms) that employs the tools of these trades. In doing so, students are exposed to an integrative perspective upon which to explore classic and modern questions in functional biology.
Prerequisite(s): Life Sciences 1b or equivalent genetics/genomics course.
Textbook Information: Currently no textbook information is available for this course. Please check back or visit the Harvard Coop.
Cross Registration: Eligible for cross-registration with permission of instructor/subject to availability

Course: Human Evolutionary Biology 1480 - Human Evolution through Developmental Change

Information:  Faculty of Arts and Sciences    Human Evolutionary Biology    Terence D. Capellini, co-taught with David Pilbeam
Term Day and Time:  Spring 2014-Present;  Hours to be arranged    
Credits: Half course; Credit Level: Graduate and Undergraduate
Course Description: Humans and our primate relatives display marked variation in biological traits. This variation results from natural selection operating on pre- and post-natal developmental mechanisms. While these mechanisms remain mostly unknown, recent advances in genetics, genomics, and developmental biology now allow us to begin to understand how evolutionary processes influence and are influenced by underlying developmental and genetic organization. This course explores these inter-relationships in the context of the primate paleontological record. We focus on the evolution of the cranium, dentition, axial skeleton, and limbs, and present studies that cast light on the mechanisms that underlie major transitions in human evolution.
Prerequisite(s): Life Sciences 1b or equivalent genetics/genomics course.
Textbook Information: Currently no textbook information is available for this course. Please check back or visit the Harvard Coop.
Cross Registration: Eligible for cross-registration with permission of instructor/subject to availability

Course: Human Evolutionary Biology 3200 - Graduate Seminar in Human Evolutionary Biology

Information:  Faculty of Arts and Sciences    Human Evolutionary Biology    Terence D. Capellini, co-taught with David Pilbeam
Term Day and Time:  Fall 2014-Present;  Hours to be arranged    
Credits: Half course; Credit Level: Graduate
Course Description: Proseminar for Human Evolutionary Biology graduate students. Discussion of adaptations and the process of adaptation using examples from various areas of human evolutionary biolog.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate Admission.
Textbook Information: Currently no textbook information is available for this course. Please check back or visit the Harvard Coop.
Cross Registration: Eligible for cross-registration with permission of instructor/subject to availability