This comprehensive course will provide you with an up-to-date look at human evolution. We start our journey with our common ancestor with the chimpanzee some seven million years ago and end with the colonisation of the New World by modern humans. No prior knowledge of human evolution is needed. The course is divided into six parts plus a course summary. Each part has reading material with a short test at the end. Each part should take about 2-3 hours to complete though you complete the course at whatever pace you want.
The Standard Version of the course includes 90-day online access while the Plus Version includes unlimited online access.
If you would like to submit an essay and have it graded with feedback please choose the Plus Version of the course when paying for the course.
- The Primates
- Hominin Beginnings
- The Australopithecines
- The Emergence of Homo
- Out of Africa
- Modern Humans and Neanderthals
- Ecological Trends and Course Summary
I'm Dr Adam Newton. I hold a PhD in palaeoanthropology from the University of Liverpool, UK.
My main area of interest is the origins of the genus Homo and the diet of early humans. However, I have a much broader interest on the evolution of life on earth, including the mechanisms of evolutionary change and how mass extinctions have shaped evolution.
For more information please my personal website.
Preview2.1. The Hominins: Anatomical Background
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Preview2.2. The Hominins: Environmental Background
PreviewThe East African Rift Valley (2:37)
PreviewQuiz: The Hominins: Environmental Background
Preview2.3. The First Hominins
PreviewQuiz: The First Hominins
PreviewRecap: Hominin Beginnings