INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY . . . . . . . . . . .Spring 2018

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Weekly Assignments

Other Info

HE&C 8e

Course begins on January 16
(meet in Shannon Hall 102 at 11am)


Anthropology Quote of the Week:

"Commitment, belief and positive attitude are all important if you're going to be a success, whether you're in sports, in business or, as in my case, anthropology." - Donald Johanson (co-discoverer of "Lucy," the first known Australopithecus afarensis fossil)


Recommended viewing: Macat's "Introduction to Anthropology" (no email required)

OM1 Online Media 1: Evidence for Evolution from (YouTube 11:22)

GENERAL NOTE: For section 1 of this course (the face-to-face section meeting in Shannon Hall 102 on Tues and Thurs 11am), you do NOT have to do the assignments for my Intro to Anthropology Online class (ANTH-LN1) on BlackBoard! Those assignments are only for my separate online section of the course. You DO still have to do the assignments posted on this webpage. Thanks! ~ Prof Reymers

Recommended websites and videos:



Online Media 1


Watch the following video, Evidence for Evolution, from (YouTube 11:22)

1. What are the two main claims of the theory of evolution?

2. What are the lines of evidence that support the claims of evolutionary theory?

3. How many different species are estimated to be living today?

4. How does evidence from comparative anatomy suggest that whales and other cetaceans evolved from a pre-existing four-legged land creature?

5. How does embryology help to confirm our suspicions that whales are closer to mammals than to fish in their evolutionary development?

6. How does fossil evidence from the ancient creatures called Basilosaurad and Maiacetus suggest that whales descended from these creatures?

7. How do DNA comparisons help to confirm our suspicions that whales evolved from a four-legged land creature?

IMPORTANT: E-mail your answers (not as an attachment)
TO:, with the SUBJECT: ANTH1

Due Friday, Jan 26, 5pm

Credit for your answers will be shown on
the online grades page (once opened).

Note: I will give you 3 chances to get the subject heading correct and to not include attachments in your online media emails to me.

For example, when you sent the first online media assignment, you should have used a subject heading in the email of "ANTH1." If you wrote something else (like, for instance, "Online Media Questions 1" or "anth 1 hw"), or if you have included your assignment as an attachment, you have not paid attention to the details of the assignment instructions (details which make it crucially easier for me to organize your responses and read what you have written).

You can do this three times without penalty, but a fourth instance of not paying attention to the details will result in a 1-point reduction from your Online Media grade. For the vast majority of you who are doing it right, thank you for paying attention to the details!

- Regards, Prof Reymers

Each week, excepting Week 1 and certain other weeks -- see the course schedule -- you will be reponsible for completing and submitting by email a weekly online media activity. This may entail doing a reading or watching a video made available online, or performing some other kind of activity. Instructions will be posted weekly right here on the webpage by Monday and will be due (by email) on Friday at 5pm of each week. You should e-mail your completed assignment to, with the a subject heading of "ANTH#" (with "#" being the number of that week's online activity, as noted above).

Note: for regular correspondence, do not use the above link to my email, or remove the automatic subject line heading, as activities with this subject line are automatically filtered into my email activities folder (and thus I will not see an email having to do with something else until the following week or later).


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Introduction to Anthropology - Spring 2018 - Prof. Kurt Reymers