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Human Evolution

Code: 74433
ECTS: 3.0
Lecturers in charge: prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević
Lecturers: prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević - Seminar
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All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Recognize the subject and problem area of human evolution in science.
Application of basic evolution principles to the field of human evolution.
Argument the significance of principles and possibilites, trial and error in evolution.
Use the phylogenetic trees in hominid and hominoid evolution.
Apply the knowledge in further education and work.
Understand the place and emergence of modern humans on the evolutionary scale.

1. Lectures: Basic terms of biological evolution
Seminar: Literature introduction

2. Lectures: Mechanisms and factors in human evolution
Seminar: Scientists and discoverers of hominid fossiles

3. Lectures: Evolution of primates
Seminar: Groups, genera and species

4. Lectures: Environment and tempo of hominization
Seminar: Great Rift Valley in Africa

5. Lectures: Genera Sahelanthropus and Orrorin
Seminar: Individual literature research

6. Lectures: Genus Ardipithecus
Seminar: The Leakey family

7.-8. Lectures: Genus Australopithecus
Seminar: Sterkfontein Cave in South Africa

9. Lectures: Genus Homo
Seminar: Ötzi - the Iceman

10. Lectures: Homo habilis, Homo erectus
Seminar: First tools and weapons

11. Lectures: Homo neanderthalensis
Seminar: Extinction of neanderthals

12. Lectures: Krapina neanderthals and Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger
Seminar: Croatian hominid fossiles sites

13. Lectures: Homo sapiens, Homo sapiens sapiens
Seminar: Inventions in human evolution

14. Lectures: Migrations in human evolution
Seminar: Migrations to Australia and America

15. Lectures: Prehistoric cultures
Seminar: Africa, the cradle of modern humankind

Possible visits: Institute for Quaternary Paleontology and Geology (HAZU), Archaeologcal museum
  1. Facchini, F. 2007. Postanak čovjeka i kulturna evolucija, Kršćanska sadašnjost, Zagreb.
  2. Lewin, R. 2005. Human Evolution - An Illustrated Introduction, Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  3. Johanson, D., Edgar B. 1996: From Lucy to Language. Nevraumont Publishong Company, New York, USA
  4. Radovčić, J. 1988: Dragutin Gorjanović-Kramberger i krapinski pračovjek. Školska knjiga, Zagreb
  5. Tattersall, I. 1998. Becoming Human, Harcourt Brace & Company
2. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Molecular Biology
Consultations schedule:
  • prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević:

    After each lecture and seminar and upon e-mail contact.

  • prof. dr. sc. Goran Kovačević:

    After each lecture and seminar and upon e-mail contact.