BSc Biology

Year of entry: 2021

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Course unit details:
Primate Evolution and Human Origins

Unit code EART36202
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 6
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No


This research-led unit is taught by staff who are actively investigating aspects of primate biology and human morphological and behavioural evolution.  The unit will cover a broad range of evidence and approaches including the morphology, behaviour and phylogentic relationships of extinct and extant primates; the origins of key hominin adaptations such as bipedalism and enhanced cognitive capacities; and the major evolutionary transformations in morphology and behaviour in the human lineage.


This unit reviews the palaeontological, archaeological and genetic evidence for primate and human evolution with a strong emphasis on recent theoretical advances and new discoveries that have made significant contributions to this field of research during the past decade.  

Assessment methods

Method Weight

Study hours

Independent study hours
Independent study 0

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Chamberlain Unit coordinator

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