Human Origins & Prehistory

Lectures and Key Terms

 

Ways of Knowing: The Nature of Science

Ways of Knowing PowerPoint for this lecture

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

analogy
control
cyclical thinking
epistemology
evidence
explanation
faith
falsify (hypotheses)
hypothesis
 
linear thinking
magic
materialism
natural law
oral tradition
perception
prediction
received wisdom
religion
ritual
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
science
theory
truth
uniformitarianism
validity
writing

What Culture Is

What Culture Is PowerPoint for this lecture

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

acquired
adaptation
algebraic mentality
anthropocentric
Anthropological Linguistics
Archaeology
Bioanthropology
comparative
complex whole
Cultural Anthropology
cultural relativism
culture as created, artificial reality
culture as dynamic, changing
description
ethnocentrism
ethnography
ethnology
Goodall (Jane)
imitation
language
natural
opposable thumb
personality
power grip
precision grip
society
sign
symbol

Misconceptions about Evolution  The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture.

A History of Evolutionary Thought

History of Evolutionary Thought  The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

Darwin
Catastrophism
Classification
Cuvier
DNA
Dominant/Recessive
gene flow
genetic drift
Genotype
Hutton
Lamarck
Linnean Hierarchy
Linneaus
Lyell
Malthus
Mendel

Natural Selection
Pheonotype
Rules of Inheritance
scala naturae
survival of the fittest
taxonomy
uniformitarianism
Wallace

The Mechanics of Natural Selection (PowerPoint only)

Genetics and the Mechanics of Evolution

Genetics and the Mechanics of Eovlution The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture

Primate Studies 1

Primate Studies 1 The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture Darwin Atlas

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

anthropocentric F. B. de Waal olfaction
anthropoids diurnal/nocturnal prehensile
apes evolutionary trends primatology
binocular vision Diane Fossey prosimians
biped  Birute Galdikas quadrupeds
brachiators/brachiation generalized specialized
comparative perspective Jane Goodall Susan Savage-Rumbaugh
dentition monkeys  

Primate Studies 2

Primate Studies 2 The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

adaptive niche dental comb Pongidae
anthropoid estrus ischial callosities
arboreal frugivorous lemurs
arboreal hypothesis galagos lorises
Bonobos gibbon mixed diet hypothesis
Callitrichidae herbivorous/insectivorous/omniviorous orangutans
catarrhine Hominidae platyrrhine
 Cebidae Hominoidea prosimian
 Cercopithecidae  Homo troglodytes siamangs
cercopithecine  Hylobatidae tarsiers
colobines karyotype visual predation hypothesis

Primate Studies 3, Behaviors

Primate Studies 3 The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture

Pseudoscience and the Past (not presented in class, but given for terms and concepts)

The Wild Side of Midwestern Archaeology PowerPoint

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

Ancient Astronauts
Appeal to myth
Argument by authority
Atlantis
creationism/creation science/intelligent design

cult archaeology

 
 
diffusion
Good old common sense

Heresy does not equal correctness
independent invention
Irrefutable hypothesis
Extraordinary claims demand  
   extraordinary proof
Manifest Destiny
Mound Builders
Nazi archaeology
Occam's razor
Piltdown Man
political agendas
pseudoscience
 

Doing Archaeology

 How Does Archaeology Get Done?  The PowerPoint presentation accompanying this lecture

Key terms  and concepts you should know from this lecture:

analysis
Archaeology is a destructive process!
artifacts
Artifacts don't speak for themselves!
context
cultural resources management
data acquisition
data ordination
data processing
ecofacts
ethics
excavation
feature
field methods
form
formulation
grid systems

function

ground-truthing
ideofacts
implementation
Interpretation
library research
meaning
 

pedestrian survey
piece-plotting
publication
reconnaissance
remote sensing
reconstruction
research design
research question
survey
space
theoretical perspective
time

The Ape that Stood on Its Own Two Feet: Hominids of the Plio-Pleistocene PowerPoint presentation

Is there a future for the past?  PowerPoint presentation

 


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