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An introduction to palaeoanthropology


Compulsory attendance


Admission requirements

Successful completion of entrance examination (reading list).


This course introduces the field of Palaeoanthropology with a focus on the skeletal evidence to RMA-students. It presents The MPI-EVA and new methods in palaeoanthropology (dental studies, life history, diet).

Course objectives

  • Knowledge of key species in hominin evolution, with a focus on Eurasian Middle and Late Pleistocene;

  • Knowledge of scientific methods for the study of human evolution;

  • Insights into the interdisciplinary character of Palaeoanthropology and the progress made in recent years by the integration of various approaches.

Ects distribution

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 7×2 hours of lectures;

  • 280 pages of literature;

  • Assignment.


Course schedule details can be found in the RMA time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Literature study.

Assessment method

Written assignment on one of the topics addressed during the one-week lecture series, to be submitted one month after the lectures.

Assessment deadline

The assignment deadline is 11 January 2013.

Reading list

R. Klein, The Human Career (3rd edition). Chicago University Press (2009), chapters 5, 6, 8.


Register for this course via uSis.
Instructions for registration can be found in the uSis manual.

Contact information

For more information about this course, please contact prof. dr J.A. Hublin.