ANTB22H3 Lecture Notes - Common Chimpanzee, Insectivore, Bamboo Lemur

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Primate Behaviour
(ANT B22H3)
Professor: Dr. Joyce Parga
TA: Erica Tennenhouse
This class will introduce you to the behaviour,
biology and ecology of non-human primates
(prosimians, Old & New World monkeys, and apes).
Introduction to Course
Primate taxonomy & geography
General primate traits
Characteristics of different primates
Understand key concepts and terms used
in primatology and animal behaviour
– Some examples:
By the end of the course you
will know…
- Kin selection
- Contest competition
- Sexual selection
Required Textbook and
Readings
Strier, K.B. (2011) Primate
Behavioral Ecology, 4th
edition, Pearson.
3 journal articles are also
required reading (see your
syllabus)
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Grading Elements
2 midterms (ea. worth 30% of course grade)
Final (worth 40% of course grade)
Final will be cumulative
Exam Questions
Exam questions may be multiple-choice,
matching, T/F, and may also contain fill-in-
the-blank and short answer
Exam questions will come from lecture,
readings and films
Questions about exam content should
ONLY be asked during lecture
Class Announcements and
Grades
Course announcements and marks will be
posted on Blackboard
E-mail
First check your syllabus for info
Can e-mail me or your TA with questions,
but please refrain from asking “office hour”
type questions via e-mail
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Course Prerequisite
Course prerequisite is being enforced
ANT A01 will aid you in understanding
concepts in this class
How to Classify Primates:
Taxonomy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
There are many orders within the class Mammalia, such as:
Rodentia Chiroptera Cetacea CarvnivoraLagomorpha
… and many other orders, including:
Order Primates Primates:
General Characteristics
Large brain relative to body size
Binocular vision (stereoscopic vision) –
different hypotheses for why
3-dimensional arboreal environment
“visual predation” hypothesis
- earliest primates were probably
insectivores
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