Neandertals: an evaluation of the latest research
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS101
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Homo neanderthalensis remains the most iconic hominin species yet described in the history of palaeoanthropology. Our view of this human changed dramatically since the early 1900 and as with all aspects of hominin evolution, continues to change with the discovery of new evidence. The science of Archaeogenetics has been an enormous part this shedding light on our genetic relationship with this human and their relationship with other extinct hominin species. This course will bring you up to date with the latest new and research on this most famous species.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Cognitive Capabilities
- Stone tool technologies
- The Gatherer
- The Hunter
- What led to their extinction?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Discuss the issues surrounding the Mousterian stone tools
- Explain why there are problems with the latest evidences of Neanderthal artistic capabilities
- Discuss what we have learned from dental calculus regarding diet
- Explain how we know the genetic relationship between Neanderthals and Denisovans
- Evaluate all with know about Homo neanderthalensis based upon the new evidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught in a number of ways including presentations with visual examples, discussions and group work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notepad and pen. There will be no other costs for the course.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Look at the Science course list at City Lit's homepage for more courses.
Charles T. G. Clarke hails from the Republic of Ireland. He specialises in Archaeology and Human Evolutionary research. With a Bacholar of Science in Applied Archaeology from the Institute of Technology Sligo and a Master of Science in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology (IOA) University College London (UCL). His work touches on aspects of the geological sciences from radiometric dating to an understanding of rock formation. He currently works as a Commercial Archaeologist with Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) in the Republic of Ireland.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.