The Life of Primates

Course Number: 01:070:212

This course will introduce you to the world’s living primates. Students will gain knowledge of primate biology, taxonomy, anatomy, ecology, behavior, and cognition. This course will emphasize the role of primates in comparative study of humans, as well as introduce questions that challenge primatologists. We will  pursue a question-oriented survey of the world’s living primates. The objectives of the course are: (1) to acquire a broad knowledge of primate biology, i.e., anatomy, behavior, ecology, and mental worlds; (2) to foster appreciation of the fact that current human biology, including social behavior, cannot be understood without comparative reference to nonhuman primates; (3) to introduce some of the many unanswered questions currently challenging primatologists and anthropologists.


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