Domestication: The Evolution of Our Multispecies Family

BIOLOGY AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES 3180

This course explores the evolution of the plants, animals, and microbes in human-mediated ecosystems. We call these evolutionary relationships domestication and they are at the heart of humanity's successful adaptation to nearly every ecosystem on Earth. From our millennia-deep friendship with gregarious wolves, to corn's continental conquests, to 'the industrial microbiome,' this course will ask how other species have evolved in response to human societies, and how societies have been shaped by these relationships. We will primarily draw on concepts and data from anthropology and evolutionary biology to understand the process of domestication.
Course Attributes: BU BA; AS LCD; AS SSC

Section 01

Domestication: The Evolution of Our Multispecies Family - 01
INSTRUCTOR: Mueller
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