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Modern Human Evolution

Modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) are, in many ways, just another species of animal.  As such, over the course of our evolution, we have been subjected to the same forces that have affected other animal species, like migration and natural selection.  This course will explore the evolutionary history of modern humans and its relevance to our life.  Some of the questions we may address are: Where did humans come from?  How did they disperse throughout the globe?  How are these migrations related to the concept of race?  Have we been the object to natural selection?  Are some of the diseases that affect us a result of our past evolutionary history?