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Postgraduate studies at THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL



This course provides a broad-based theoretical and practical understanding
of human origins, within the context of climatic change and the evolution
of life over the past several millions of years. Offered jointly by the
Department of Archaeology of the School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental
Studies (SACOS) and the Hominid Palaeontology Research Group (HPRG) of the
Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, it is unique in the degree
of integration of evolutionary, behavioural and ecological aspects
of human evolution, and is taught by a team of eight internationally
recognised specialists.

* Dr Robin Crompton (HPRG): primate ecology, behaviour and evolution
* Dr John Gowlett (SACOS): Palaeolithic archaeology, site contexts
and early human mental abilities
* Dr Michael Gunther (HPRG): functional morphology and biomechanics
* Dr Alf Latham (SACOS): geochronology and geoarchaeology
* Dr Gabriele Macho (HPRG): early hominid evolution, gnathic and
dental evolution, function and development
* Dr. John Shaw (SACOS/Earth Sciences): palaeomagnetism
* Dr Alan Turner (HPRG): palaeoecology, archaeozoology, vertebrate
palaeontology and evolutionary theory
* Professor Bernard Wood (HPRG): early hominid evolution and anatomy

The intensive, one year programme is flexible. It will be attractive to
students committed to a graduate programme in palaeoanthropology/primatology
who wish to widen their experience and develop their expertise prior to
entering graduate school. It can also be tailored to meet the needs of
students with a wide variety of Science and Arts backgrounds. It will
provide recent graduates, or more mature students seeking retraining,
with a solid background of knowledge and transferable skills.
It is a time-efficient, ideal qualification for future teaching at the
Community College and University levels, across the whole range of
palaeoanthropology, and for teachers of human biology at secondary and
tertiary levels.

The student will benefit from an unique range of facilities for:

* field training in the UK, continental Europe and Africa in excavation
skills and studies of living primates;
* laboratory studies using state-of-the-art equipment for 3-D measurement;
* computer modelling;
* uranium series and magnetic dating;
* kiniesiology and biomechanics;
* access to computerized databases for hominid fossils and sites;
* an extensive cast collection;
* scanning electron microscopy;
* a host of other local research facilities, including the UK's largest zoo,
museum collections, and anatomy laboratories.


Formal coursework takes the form of seminars, tutorials and lectures,
but the emphasis throughout is on hands-on experience. All students share
a common core of essential knowledge, in two prescribed courses:
* Early Hominid Sites and Behaviour
* Hominid Palaeontology

The remaining course units are chosen from two streams, one concentrating
on studies of the hard evidence, where proffered courses include:
* Quantitative methods in Palaeoanthropology
* Site formation processes and taphonomy
* Chronological studies

and one representing approaches from comparative behaviour and community
ecology, where courses include:
* Primate and hominid palaeobiology
* Plio-Pleistocene ecosystems
* Archaeozoology

The final element of studies is a field- or laboratory-based research
project, submitted in the form of a dissertation and oral presentation.


Further details can be obtained from:

Dr. Gabriele Macho
Hominid Palaeontology Research Group,
Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology,
The University of Liverpool,
P.O. Box 147,
Liverpool L69 3BX, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 51 794 5466 Fax: +44 51 794 5517


The Postgraduate Admissions Tutor,
School of Archaeology, Classics and Oriental Studies,
The University of Liverpool,
P.O. Box 147,
Liverpool L69 3BX, United Kingdom.