OSHR 1193 - Eight Million Years of Hominid History, Sahelanthropus to Homo floresiensi

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

During the last decade, our understanding of deep human history has increased astonishingly. The first fossil hominids discovered (1850-1925) were Old Man Neanderthal, Pithecanthropus {"Java Man" or "Peking Man"), Piltdown Man (oopsI) and the Tuang child. Today’s human family tree includes at least 19 species of hominids assigned to four genera. Four older Australopithecine taxa can also be counted, or not.

In this class, we will meet our family members and explore some of the analytical tools used to study their anatomy, diet, and geologic age.

Reading: Pyne, Lydia, Seven Skeletons: the evolution of the world’s most famous human fossils, 2016, Viking Press, ISBN: 978-0-525-42985-2 ISBN: 978-0-698-40942-2 (e book)

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.