Origins of Human Evolution


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2019 Fall Class

Origins of Human Evolution

Instructor: Bill Portela

Thursdays •  9/19-11/7 • 3:15-5:15 PM • 8 classes

Location: Randall 248

Origins of Human Evolution, is a seminar style course which tells the biological story of the creation of human life on Earth. The first semester of this two-semester course introduces the basic concepts of Darwin’s natural selection and sexual selection of species. We examine the nature of instinctual behaviors for applicability to our own culture. Overviews on the workings of geology and the formation of our solar system allow us to explore the creation of the first living molecules within Earth’s ancient oceans. We then explore how an extraordinary fusion between two biological kingdoms catapulted life onto the land.

Class size 5-20 students
20 seats remaining


Bill Portela has taught at every learning level in Maine, from elementary to university. He has been a volunteer teacher at the alternative, Evergreen Sudbury school in Hallowell.  For the last 6 years he has been working on a book on evolution, which forms the basis of this class.

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