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Professor John Hawks, Ph.D.

Professor John Hawks
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Michigan
I really was interested in the broad scope of human evolution, and so I was studying things from the earliest known hominins up to the very recent evolution of our species.
Dr. John Hawks is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of WisconsinñMadison, where he has taught courses ranging from biological anthropology to brain evolution since 2002. He earned his B.S. in Anthropology from Kansas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Early in his career, Dr. Hawks focused on fossil and archaeological evidence for human evolution. But as the Human Genome Project was completed, he became one of the first paleoanthropologists to use both genetic and fossil information to test hypotheses about human prehistory. More recently, his work on Neandertals has broken new ground, and his prediction that humans and Neandertals likely interbred has been confirmed by the analysis of Neandertal DNA. He is the author of groundbreaking research papers, and he has a devoted following on his science blog, where readers can follow the latest news in paleoanthropology.
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15 Courses and Sets

  1. Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

    Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

    John Hawks
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Delivered by expert paleoanthropologist and Professor John Hawks, the 24 lectures of The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates bring you to the forefront of scientific arguments and questions that will become more important in the coming years. Surveying both the questions that continue to rile the world's greatest minds in anthropology and the cutting-edge science responsible for them, this course is an expert...
  2. Major Transitions in Evolution

    Major Transitions in Evolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $214.95 Starting at $214.95 $254.95 $214.95$254.95
    Embark on an unforgettable look into the past with Major Transitions in Evolution, which tells the science-detective story of the giant leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity. In these 24 lavishly illustrated lectures by two engaging professors-paleontologist Anthony Martin and paleoanthropologist John Hawks-investigate the conditions that led to the first complex cells, flying insects, flowering...
  3. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Big History  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Big History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $774.90 $654.90$774.90
  4. (Set) The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates & Major Transitions in Evolution  Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates & Major Transitions in Evolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
    Embark on an unforgettable journey through evolutionary history with this provocative and richly detailed course set. In The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates, survey questions about human evolution that continue to rile the world's greatest minds in anthropology. And in Major Transitions in Evolution, investigate the conditions that led to complex cells, flying insects, flowering plants, mammals, modern...
  5. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Origins of Civilization Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Origins of Civilization

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $379.90 Starting at $379.90 $774.90 $379.90$774.90
  6. (Set) A New History of Life & Major Transitions in Evolution  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & Major Transitions in Evolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Explore the amazing story of the origin, extinctions, regenerations, and evolutions that gave rise to our present Earth and its boundless diversity in this lavishly illustrated course set that gives you a strong grasp on how our Earth came to be over 4.54 billion years. First, in A New History of Life, you'll gain the conceptual tools to understand such fundamental ideas as fossilization, stratigraphy, cladistics,...
  7. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Understanding Genetics Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Understanding Genetics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  8. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Darwinian Revolution Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Darwinian Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  9. (Set) A New History of Life & The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates  Set

    (Set) A New History of Life & The Rise of Humans: Great Scientific Debates

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  10. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Origins of Life Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Origins of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
  11. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Darwinian Revolution  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Darwinian Revolution

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $509.90 Starting at $509.90 $509.90 $509.90$509.90
    Make sense of evolutionary history and theory with these two dynamic science courses. Start with Major Transitions in Evolution, which explores the transitional moments that led to the first complex cells, plants, mammals, modern humans, and other evolutionary breakthroughs. Then continue on to The Darwinian Revolution, in which you learn the remarkable story of Charles Darwin's ideas on evolution and the radical...
  12. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Gain a greater understanding of the history and nature of your world with these two fascinating science courses. Explore the giant evolutionary leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity in Major Transitions in Evolution. Then, get a pointed introduction to the wonders of the geological world with The Nature of Earth: An Introduction to Geology.
  13. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Understanding Genetics  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Understanding Genetics

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $429.90 Starting at $429.90 $509.90 $429.90$509.90
  14. (Set)  The Rise of Humans & Theory of Evolution: A History of Set

    (Set) The Rise of Humans & Theory of Evolution: A History of

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $219.90 Starting at $219.90 $454.90 $219.90$454.90
  15. (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Major Transitions in Evolution & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $814.90 Starting at $814.90 $954.90 $814.90$954.90
    Delve into the mysteries of the biological world with this fascinating two-course set delivered by expert scientists. First, embark on an unforgettable look into the past with Major Transitions in Evolution, which tells the science-detective story of the giant leaps that gave rise to nature's boundless diversity. Then, place your newfound understanding within the larger context of the biological world by exploring...