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ANAT2009: Comparative Primate Anatomy

This unit of student covers the musculo-skeletal anatomy of the human body with particular emphasis on human evolution and comparisons with apes and fossil hominids. The topics covered include the versatility of the human hand, in manipulation and locomotion, bipedalism, climbing and brachiation in apes, and the change in pelvic anatomy associated with bipedalism and obstetric consequences.

Code ANAT2009
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
6 credit points from BIOL1XXX OR MEDS1X01 OR PSYC1XXX OR ARCA1XXX
Assumed knowledge:
A knowledge of human biology

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. To display your ability to think critically.
  • LO2. To identify human, ape and fossil bones, teeth and joints To identify detailed features on all bones covered.
  • LO3. To identify and classify the muscles covered (according to function) moving joints
  • LO4. To identify major structures of the brain
  • LO5. To use anatomical terminology to describe wet and dry specimens
  • LO6. To show an understanding of the theories of human evolution.
  • LO7. To consider the similarities and differences between the human and ape bones and joints and relate these to differences in forms of locomotion and in manipulation.
  • LO8. To list the major evolutionary changes in the upper limb, lower limb, vertebral column, skull and pelvis during hominin evolution
  • LO9. o discuss how the functions of bones and joints in fossil hominins might be interpreted from their structure
  • LO10. To use the above knowledge obtained to understand the unique physical adaptations of modern humans.
  • LO11. To encourage critical thinking - especially with regard to human origins