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BIO_Lecture_Outline_3 - ANT 100Y BIO Lecture #3 Outline Why...

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Why do we Study Primates? Early years characterized by descriptive, ethnographic type reports. Use primates as way to understand more about humans. Primatology in 1960’s Primatology becomes a rigorous, quantitative science. Adoption of rigorous methodological practices, more rigorous comparative approach. Researchers interested in evolutionary theory. Why individual primates behave the way they do, and how this relates to evolutionary relationships and factors? Ecology, behavior, evolution and genetics. What are Primates? Mammals: use internally generated energy to maintain high, constant body temperature (homeothermy). They are NOT pets! Common Primates Traits Primate Classification 1. Lemurs : only on Madagascar Lemurs Distinctive feature : lower front teeth flattened like teeth of comb and grooming claw on 2nd digit of hind feet. Many species may have female dominance! World’s smallest primate is Microcebus mioxinus 30 g. Many species in extreme danger of extinction. Lorises and Galagos
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