In this course, we examine in detail the behavior and ecology of non-human primates: lemurs, lorises, galagos, tarsiers, monkeys, and apes. We begin with a brief survey of living primates, then we explore the various ways in which primates interact with their environment and with each other. Topics covered include feeding ecology, predation, socioecology, sexual selection, kin selection, altruism, dominance, life history, reproduction, mating behavior, reproductive strategies, cognition, social intelligence, and communication. While the focus of the course is on primates, we also compare the behavioral ecology of primates to that of other mammals as a means of seeing how primates fit into their natural world. In addition to lectures and classroom discussions, students will conduct research projects on primates at local zoos.
3 hr; 3 cr
Prerequisite: Anthropology 260 or 262 or two college biology courses and junior standing or permission of instructor.