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ANTH 120 - Human Origins and Variation (GT-SC2)

  • 3 credits
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Mechanisms of evolution; genetics. Living primate biology, behavior, and history. Human evolutionary history. Human variation and adaptation. Credit not allowed for both ANTH 180A1 and ANTH 120.

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Our Origins: Discovering Physical Anthropology - w/Access, 4th Ed. (2017)
    Larsen, Clark Spencer
    ISBN: 978-0393614008

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Kim Nichols

Kim Nichols was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. Her undergraduate education at the University of California at Santa Cruz included extensive participation in nonhuman primate anatomical research, casework experience in forensic anthropology, and archaeological research at the State of California Mission Santa Cruz site.

Her graduate education at the University of Colorado at Boulder included field research on howling monkey locomotor behaviors in Costa Rica. In addition, she participated in primate paleontological field research at sites in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and in the Fayum Depression in Egypt.

Additionally, she has studied primate skeletal and dental variation in museum collections in Washington DC, New York City, and Chicago, Illinois. Kim's current research interest is in nonhuman primate skeletal dimension variation in captive and wild populations and implications for the interpretation of reproductive pathways in extinct primate species.