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In this course we explore scientific evidence for the evolution of primates, primarily focused on humans, with an emphasis on biology and behavior. To aid in our discussion of the principles and evidence for evolution, in your recitation sections you will examine comparative data from mammals, other non-human primates, and fossils. There are currently two corresponding online recitations: a) Primate and Human Morphology and b) Fossil Hominins.

Each recitation is split into separate stations. For each station you will examine 3D models and fill out corresponding information on the associated worksheet. In order to receive credit for the recitation, make sure you turn your worksheet in to your Teaching Assistant. Links to the recitation pages and worksheets are below.

Recitation 3

Primate and Human Morphology

Primates Worksheet

Recitation 5

Fossil Hominins

Hominins Worksheet

The Research Laboratories of Archaeology (RLA) maintains a collection of more than 130 fossil casts that include human crania and postcrania as well as nonhuman primates dating from roughly 35 million years BP to present. To learn more about the collection and view 3D models, check out the Fossil Cast Collection web page.


Many thanks to Ashley Peles, a graduate student in archaeology and prior Teaching Assistant for Human Origins, for developing the initial version of this website. The two worksheets were developed and refined by many different Teaching Assistants.