Lecture 4

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Lecture 4
PRIMATES
Anthropology: anthro refers man, ology refers to study
Homology: characteristics+traits shared with ancestry
How primates differ
Primates are very diverse order
oDiversity in diet
ex. seeds, plants, meat
oDiversity
ex. some live in larges groups, others in monogamous groups: 1 female & 1
male, 1 female & multiple groups
odiversity in daily activity
nocturnal: active during night
diurnal: active during day
GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION
old world: Africa+ Asia
PRIMATE TAXONOMY
primates are mammals
differ from other mammal with grasping tendency
non-human primates have clavicle
oBut cats also have it!
Stereoscopic vision: having eyes in front of face allows depth perception
Reduced olfactory apparatus: reduce sense of smell
Dermatogyphics w/ ridges: fingerprints
oCan’t get fingerprints with fossils
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