Basic Characteristics of Primates include:
a) being generalized – they have primitive and ancestral traits
b) Primate Group Tendencies - Grasping hands and grasping feet
and eyes, locomotion to be upright, diet. Primate have great
dependence on behavior dependency.
c) Evolutionary Factors – pg. 120 to 121 // grasping hands and feet
plus color and stereoscopic vision.
primates needed to eat different things in order to stay up in
places like trees
d) Diet & Teeth – pg 120 to 124 – most primates have large teeth.
Cows on the other hand have flat teeth for grinding. Primates
tend to have a simple set of teeth. Primates dental columns and
molars differ from others.
e) Locomotion and Habitat – primates locomotion is a little different
from other animals. Humans are bipedial and Quadra pedal
PRINT OUTLINE of PRIMATE GROUPS for TUTORIAL and know this
sheet for the EXAM from this SLIDE
Chapter 7 – Behavior
Question: why are anthropologists interested in Primate Studies?
Answer: 1. in large part it is because anthropology uses a
comparative approach to evolution. We want to compare things
because we don’t have any other members of our own genus left
alone – theyre all extinct. So the apes and other primates are as
close as we can get. Primates are important to study because it
reminds us that humans are important part of our continuum both
anatomically and anthropologically. By comparing species we can
find the significance of physiological behavioural systems as
adaptations to selective pressures.
Ex – we can see our cousins in oth