Bones are lightweight, stiff, strong, yet relatively elastic structures that have to do many things: support our body, grow, resist forces, anchor muscles, and house marrow. This seminar will explore how bones grow, function and evolve. Topics included: bone structure, bone histology, bone growth, how bones adapt to loading, and bone diseases.
Why is the human body the way that it is? This course explores human anatomy and physiology from an integrated framework, combining functional, comparative, and evolutionary perspectives on how organisms work. Major topics, which follow a life-course framework, include embryogenesis, metabolism and energetics, growth and development, movement and locomotion, food and digestion, stress and disease, and reproduction. Also considered is the relevance of human biology to contemporary issues in human health and biology.