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Contact hours total
Examines the diversity of species within the primate order, ranging from the pygmy mouse lemurs of Madagascar to the mountain gorillas of Rwanda. Explores how primate behaviors related to sociality, reproduction, communication, competition, cooperation, and culture have evolved. As primates ourselves, studying primate behavior is essential to better comprehend the evolution of our own behavioral repertoire and assess our branch on the tree of life.
1. Evaluate the evolutionary processes that have shaped primate morphology and behavior.
2. Describe the variation in primate intelligence, communications, reproduction, and social behavior.
3. Assess the use of our primate and mammal relatives as models for human behavior.
4. Critique hypotheses that address questions surrounding primate and human evolution.
I. Survey of the primate order with an emphasis on biogeography
II. Primate ecology
III. Primate social organization
V. Primate competition and aggression
VI. Primate cooperation
VII. Primate communication
VIII. Primate intelligence
IX. Primate culture
X. Primate conservation
Materials will be provided via course web page (Blackboard).
Grades will be determined based on in class assignments, essays, quizzes, and/or a final exam/project.
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