Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge of the evolutionary history of the human species.
Knowledge of the natural equilibriums to safeguard
Knowledge of the theories and explanatory paradigms within which biological research develops
Course contents summary
The evolutionary theories and explanatory paradigms that guide biological research. Linneo, Buffon, Lamarck, Darwin. Concise theory. The current debate
Man and other Primates. Comparative analysis of common characteristics and specific peculiarities of man and non-human primates. Anatomical and functional characteristics of systems/apparatus. Skeletal system and body structure: the locomotor function. Diet, masticatory apparatus, dental characteristics. Characteristics of the head; evolution of the brain. Social behaviour and organization. Parental care and reproductive strategies.
Reconstruction of man's evolutionary history through analysis of fossil finds. The hominids and their establishment in Africa. Origin of the Genus Homo and its spread. The spread of man.
The appearance of Homo sapiens; its evolutionary history and spread over the whole the earth.
The evolutionary history of Homo sapiens. Relations between populations. Assessment of biological variability and estimation of biological similarity between populations.
Jacob F. La logica del vivente Einaudi
Eisley L. Il secolo di Darwin. La evoluzione e gli u omini che la scoprirono. Feltrinelli
Klein .G. Il cammino dell?uomo. Antropologia culturale e biologica. Zanichelli.
Coppens Y., Picq P., Aux origines de l?Humanite Fayard
Mallegni F. Come eravamo. Il divenire biologico della famiglia degli Ominidi LTU Guarguaglini
Chiarelli B. Dalla natura alla cultura Piccin
Spedini G. Antropologia evoluzionistica Piccin