Skip, skim, or slides

There’s a lot of material in the lectures and the textbook. This page tells you what sections, topics, concepts in the textbook to skip, which to skim, or which to are better explained in the slides.

You should skip are the parts that aren’t relevant to the assignments and exams in this class. The parts you should skim may have concepts that will be important later in the course or they may present material in a way some will find more accessible. Finally, slides are the lecture slides/notes I make available that have better information or updated presentations of outdated material from the book.*

Chapter 1,…,5.

Chapter 4 Heredity and Evolution

skim: Codominance

skip: (for now) ABO genotype/bloodtype material

skim: Mitochondrial inheritance

Chapter 5 Processes of Macroevolution

skip: Recognition of Fossil Genera

skim: Vertebrate Evolutionary History

slides: the important parts of the Geologic Time Scale (though it’s interesting reading)

Chapter 6 Survey of modern primates

skip: cusps and complicated material about skulls or lemur jaws

skip: Territorial behaviors

skip: Natal groups

skip: Intelligence

skim: endangered primates section but note the material will be more relevant to the end of class when we look at conservation in general

Chapter 7 Primate behavior

skim: how body size influences social structure

skip these factors affecting social structure: basal metabolic rate, life history traits, human activities

skip: territories and core areas

skip: empathy

skim: altruism (know what altruism is though)

skip: sexual selection

skip: infanticide

skip: “mothers, fathers, infants”



*You should read all the book because this is the best topic ever but this is just to guide students through my introductory physical anthropology courses.