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Biological Anthropology

Code: 40870
ECTS: 6.0
Lecturers in charge: doc. dr. sc. Natalija Novokmet
Lecturers: doc. dr. sc. Natalija Novokmet - Seminar

doc. dr. sc. Natalija Novokmet - Practicum
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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
Practicum 15
Seminar 15
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
1. Understand theorethical concepts important for Biological Anthropology research
2. Critically evaluate and asses approaches and tools availabe for addressing questions in Biological Anthropology
3. Critically evaluate examples of Biological Anthropology research
4. Competent to implement the knowledge gained during this course


1. An Introduction to Biological Anthropology
2. Biological Anthropology and Evolution (What is Anthropology The Subfields of Anthropology, the Development of Anthropology and Evolutionary Theory)
3. Human Genetics
4. Population structure
5. Evolutionary Forces
6. Case studies of Gene Flow and Genetic Drift
7. Case studies of Natural Selection
8. Nonrandom mating (inbreeding, assortative mating, island populations)
9. Human Biological Variation (Measuring Human Variation-methods)
10. Perspectives on Geologic Time
11. Primate Origins and Evolution
12. The evolution of the Genus Homo
13. Anatomically Modern Homo Sapiens
14. Human Population Growth
15. Demographic Change


The seminar essay topics (and exercises)/mostly same as the titles of the lectures/modified according the recent scientific articles and methods
  1. 1. Relethford, J.: The Human Species - An Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Mayfield Publ. Comp., California, 1997.

    2. Rudan, P.: Populacijska biologija čovjeka (Uvod u antropologiju), fotokopije 12 dvosatnih predavanja, HAD - interno izdanje, Zagreb, 2004.

    3. Janković, I.: Australopitecini: prvi korak u evoluciji čovjeka. Priroda 923/924:12-15.

    4. Janković, I.: Homo: pojava našeg roda. Priroda 927:10-13.; Janković, I.:Neandertalci. Prilozi Instituta za arheologiju u Zagrebu 21: 177-196.
  2. 1. Stein, P. L. i Rowe, B. M.: Physical Anthropology (6th ed.). Mc. Graw-Hill. New York. 1996.;

    2. Hrvatska Enciklopedija 1 tom. (str 295.-196.: Antropologija). Leksikografski zavod Miroslav Krleža, Zagreb, 1999.
5. semester
Izborni predmeti - Regular study - Biology
Consultations schedule: