Mark C. Griffin
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
San Francisco State University

Mortui vivos docent

ANTH 100 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology

The focus of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the principles of biological anthropology. Special emphasis is placed on evolutionary theory as it applies to humans and on the place of humans in the natural world.

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ANTH 302 – Foundations of Human Variation

This course examines the nature and extent of heritable differences among human populations in an evolutionary perspective. The role of genetics and environment in the formation of these differences is considered, as well as the social and biological concept of race.


ANTH 530 - Undergraduate Human Osteology Practicum

ANTH 730 - Graduate Human Osteology Practicum

This course is an examination of the human skeleton from archaeological, descriptive, and morphometric perspectives.  Demographic analysis, normal and abnormal variation, and evaluation of the human skeleton in medicolegal and archaeological contexts is emphasized.  Each bone will be examined with a review of normal and abnormal variations.  The uses of anthropometric instruments will be demonstrated as well as the methods for estimating age-at-death, sex, ancestry, and population dynamics.  The ANTH 730 course will give graduate students the opportunity to refresh their anatomical knowledge and refine their analytical techniques.


ANTH 531 / 731 - Fossil Humans Practicum
This course offers a descriptive survey of the evolutionary record of humans, from the earliest hominids to the present based on the fossil record and molecular data. The material includes discussion of Tertiary hominoids and emergence of humans with emphasis on Australopithecines and later Pleistocene hominids. Theories of the origin, diversity, and continuing evolution of humans are considered.


ANTH 545 - Bioarchaeology
Archaeologists have only recently begun to explore the potential of human skeletal remains for reconstruction of past lifeways. This course focuses on this new direction in anthropology. The material builds on concepts introduced in the Human Osteology course and is focused at the population level of analysis rather than the individual level. Specifically, this course examines the reconstruction from skeletal populations of patterns of subsistence, diet, disease, demography, and physical activity. Completion of ANTH 330 (Human Osteology) or the approval of the instructor is required for this course.


ANTH 722 -  Graduate Seminar in Biological Anthropology
This is a graduate-level overview of the discipline of biological anthropology.  The following topics will be covered in-depth: evolutionary theory, primatology, the primate fossil record, human diversity, anthropological genetics, and NAGPRA.  Students must be enrolled in the graduate program in order to enroll in this course.

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