University of Exeter


PSY3004 Special Topics in Psychology/PSY6006 Advanced Seminars
Evolution of Human Behaviour Seminar Course

Early hominids and humans


Basic facts about the fossil record

General treatments of the early mind

Specific issues, mainly behavioural/psychological

Questions for discussion

  1. Which extinct anthropoids/hominids are (a) our ancestors and (b) our cousins?
  2. How much do we actually know about the behaviour of prehominids and hominids?
  3. At what point in human evolution would we describe our ancestors as "human"?
  4. Can we identify key steps in human evolution which had a great influence on subsequent developments?

Stephen Lea

University of Exeter
School of Psychology
Washington Singer Laboratories
Exeter EX4 4QG
United Kingdom
Tel +44 1392 264626
Fax +44 1392 264623



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