Exploring Genetics & Evolution Through Physical Anthropology
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Exploring Genetics & Evolution Through Physical Anthropology

Anthropology 4U
4.2 (7 ratings)
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1,212 students enrolled
Created by Keirsten Snover
Last updated 2/2020
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This course includes
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 86 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • basic genetics, including: cells, DNA, chromosomes, meiosis, and mitosis
  • basic Mendelian genetics, including: homozygous, heterozygous, dominant, recessive, and sex-linked inheritance
  • how to create Punnet Squares and family pedigree charts
  • basic Non-Mendelian genetics, including: polygenic, pleiotropy, and mitochondrial inheritance
  • the history of evolutionary thought
  • microevolution, including: natural selection, mutation, gene flow, genetic drift, and founder effect
  • macroevolution, including: the concept of species, speciation, and the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium
Requirements
  • software to open PDFs, if you want to complete worksheets on your computer
  • a printer, paper, and pen or pencil, ONLY if you want to print out worksheets and write on them
Description

Did we really evolve from monkeys? Isn’t evolution “just” a theory? Does believing in evolution mean there is no God?


The answer to all three of these questions is NO!!


Evolution. It’s such a hot topic! But do you really know what evolution is, and what it means? Take this course and find out what evolution really is, and how it works!


This is an introductory Physical/Biological Anthropology course focusing on genetics & evolution. It is actually TWO classes in one—you will learn both genetics and evolution! So, why is half the course about genetics? Well, to really understand evolution and the way it works, you HAVE to understand some genetics. In this course, I’m assuming that you don’t have any background in science, so I’ll teach you everything you need to know.


Please note: this course does not focus on proving evolution. If you are against the idea of evolution and don’t want to learn about it, then this course is not for you. But if you’re curious about evolution and how it works, then enroll in this course!

Here is what you’ll learn in each unit:

  • Unit 1: What Physical Anthropology is & the Scientific Method

  • Unit 2: Introduction to genetics: the cell, DNA, chromosomes, mitosis, & meiosis

  • Unit 3: Mendelian genetics: homozygous, heterozygous, dominant, recessive, sex-linked, Punnett Squares, & family pedigree charts

  • Unit 4: Non-Mendelian genetics: polygenic, mitochondrial inheritance, & pleiotropy

  • Unit 5: The history of evolutionary thought, Charles Darwin, & natural selection

  • Unit 6: Microevolution: mutation, gene flow, genetic drift, & founder effect

  • Unit 7: Macroevolution: species, speciation, gradualism, punctuated equilibrium, & the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium

  • Unit 8: Real-World Connections, & Be Like an Anthropologist Activity


In this course, you will watch a combination of talking head videos and Powerpoint lectures. Lectures are followed by an article to read, a video to watch, and a short activity to do, to help you understand the concepts further. The activities don't need to be turned in, they are just to help you explore the course content. Then, at the end of each unit, there is a short quiz. At the end of the course, there is a final assignment where you can go out "in the field” to collect data and be like an Anthropologist!


This course is part of a series of Anthropology courses, called Anthropology 4U: The 4 Fields of Anthropology, For Everyone. The courses can be taken in any order, and you don't need to know anything about Anthropology to take these courses.


Enroll now, and begin your study of Physical Anthropology by learning about genetics and evolution!

Who this course is for:
  • someone who knows nothing (or only a little) about Anthropology, and wants to learn
  • someone who is taking a college Anthropology class and wants more information
  • someone who is interested in genetics and evolution
Course content
Expand all 94 lectures 05:26:04
+ Unit 1: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
13 lectures 39:28
1.2 What is Anthropology? (Activity)
01:55
1.2 What is Anthropology? (Answers)
00:56
1.3 What is Physical Anthropology? (Lecture)
07:50
1.3 What is Physical Anthropology? (Activity)
01:02
1.3 What is Physical Anthropology? (Answers)
01:01
1.4 Why Study Genetics & Evolution? (Lecture)
06:53
1.4 Why Study Genetics & Evolution? (Activity)
01:04
1.4 Why Study Genetics & Evolution? (Answers)
01:25
1.5 The Scientific Method (Lecture)
07:08
1.5 The Scientific Method (Activity)
01:00
1.5 The Scientific Method (Answers)
01:45
Unit 1 Quiz
5 questions
+ Unit 2: Genetics
16 lectures 55:28
2.1 Introduction to Genetics (Lecture)
01:35
2.2 The Cell (Activity)
00:59
2.2 The Cell (Answers)
01:00
2.3 DNA (Lecture)
15:00
2.3 DNA (Activity)
01:02
2.3 DNA (Answers)
02:51
2.4 Chromosomes (Lecture)
06:09
2.4 Chromosomes (Activity)
00:59
2.4 Chromosomes (Answers)
01:35
2.5 Mitosis (Lecture)
04:56
2.5 Mitosis (Activity)
00:58
2.5 Mitosis (Answers)
01:20
2.6 Meiosis (Lecture)
08:32
2.6 Meiosis (Activity)
01:01
2.6 Meiosis (Answers)
01:28
Unit 2 Quiz
5 questions
+ Unit 3: Mendelian Genetics
16 lectures 01:00:15
3.1 Introduction to Mendelian Genetics (Lecture)
02:16
3.2 Heterozygous & Homozygous (Activity)
01:06
3.2 Heterozygous & Homozygous (Answers)
01:11
3.3 Dominant & Recessive Inheritance (Lecture)
10:32
3.3 Dominant & Recessive Inheritance (Activity)
01:01
3.3 Dominant & Recessive Inheritance (Answers)
03:30
3.4 Sex-Linked Inheritance (Lecture)
06:21
3.4 Sex-Linked Inheritance (Activity)
01:00
3.4 Sex-Linked Inheritance (Answers)
02:29
3.5 Punnett Squares (Lecture)
08:51
3.5 Punnett Squares (Activity)
00:58
3.5 Punnett Squares (Answers)
03:01
3.6 Pedigrees (Lecture)
08:41
3.6 Pedigrees (Activity)
00:57
3.6 Pedigrees (Answers)
02:58
Unit 3 Quiz
5 questions
+ Unit 4: Non-Mendelian Genetics
10 lectures 25:27
4.1 Introduction to Non-Mendelian Genetics (Lecture)
04:15
4.2 Polygenic Traits (Lecture)
04:09
4.2 Polygenic Traits (Activity)
00:58
4.2 Polygenic Traits (Answers)
02:38
4.3 Mitochondrial Inheritance (Lecture)
04:43
4.3 Mitochondrial Inheritance (Activity)
00:58
4.3 Mitochondrial Inheritance (Answers)
01:40
4.4 Pleiotropy (Lecture)
02:18
4.4 Pleiotropy (Activity)
00:57
4.4 Pleiotropy (Answers)
02:51
Unit 4 Quiz
4 questions
+ Unit 5: The History of Evolutionary Thought
7 lectures 32:52
5.1 Introduction to the History of Evolutionary Thought (Lecture)
02:25
5.2 Evolutionary Thought: Part 1 (Lecture)
04:08
5.3 Evolutionary Thought: Part 2 (Lecture)
04:19
5.4 Evolutionary Thought: Part 3 (Lecture)
05:18
5.5 Evolutionary Thought: Part 4 (Lecture)
05:22
5.6 Charles Darwin (Lecture)
06:41
5.7 The Theory of Natural Selection (Lecture)
04:39
Unit 5 Quiz
5 questions
+ Unit 6: Microevolution
16 lectures 51:45
6.1 Introduction to Microevolution (Lecture)
01:54
6.2 What is Evolution? (Lecture)
05:48
6.2 What is Evolution? (Activity)
00:58
6.2 What is Evolution? (Answers)
02:33
6.3 Mutation (Lecture)
10:02
6.3 Mutation (Activity)
00:58
6.3 Mutation (Answers)
02:13
6.4 Gene Flow (Lecture)
04:31
6.4 Gene Flow (Activity)
01:17
6.4 Gene Flow (Answers)
03:54
6.5 Genetic Drift (Lecture)
05:06
6.5 Genetic Drift (Activity)
00:59
6.5 Genetic Drift (Answers)
03:53
6.6 Founder Effect (Lecture)
04:31
6.6 Founder Effect (Activity)
01:04
6.6 Founder Effect (Answers)
02:04
Unit 6 Quiz
5 questions
+ Unit 7: Macroevolution
13 lectures 40:04
7.1 Introduction to Macroevolution (Lecture)
01:28
7.2 Species Concepts (Lecture)
06:53
7.2 Species Concepts (Activity)
01:00
7.2 Species Concepts (Answers)
02:57
7.3 Speciation (Lecture)
05:49
7.3 Speciation (Activity)
00:56
7.3 Speciation (Answers)
02:20
7.4 Tempo of Speciation (Lecture)
04:03
7.4 Tempo of Speciation (Activity)
01:02
7.4 Tempo of Speciation (Answers)
00:57
7.5 Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (Lecture)
06:57
7.5 Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (Activity)
01:02
7.5 Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium (Answers)
04:40
Unit 7 Quiz
5 questions
+ Unit 8: Conclusion
3 lectures 14:10
8.1 Real World Connections (Lecture)
11:23
Explore genetics in your own life!
Be Like an Anthropologist Assignment
7 questions
Congratulations!
01:25
Bonus Lecture
01:22