Learning outcomes of the course unit
The aim of this course is to give the student the ability to:
- understand the mechanisms of biological evolution and the unity and diversity of life.
- Acquire a biological perspective to environmental, medical and social problems
- Appraise the implication of human evolution for the bio-medical research
basic knowledge of genetics and cellular biology
Course contents summary
Evolution. The Darwinian theory. Evidence from many fields validates the evolution theory. Evolution, consequences and adaptive significance of sexual reproduction. Sexual selection. The modern evolutionary synthesis. The Hardy-Weinberg Theorem. Microevolution and its causes. The origin of species. Macroevolution and Phylogeny.. Darwinian Medicine.
Evolution of Vertebrates. Chordate characteristics and the vertebrate genealogy. Vertebrate diversity and phylogeny: an overview. Evolutionary trends in Primates.
Human evolution. Early Anthropoids, Australopitecines and the genus Homo. Bipedal posture, brain and the masticatory apparatus in Hominids evolution.
Sociobiology. cooperation and conflicts in social interactions. Sociecology of parental cares in Primates. Imprinting and the concepte of critical periods in development. The Biological theory of Attachment by Bowlby
Campbell N. Principi di Biologia. Zanichelli; oppure Purves et al., volumi vari, Zanichelli.
- Nesse RM, Williams G. Perchè ci ammaliamo. Einaudi
- CD-Rom: Human Evolution
classes and multimedial experiences
written and oral exam