Ant 1 april 17 2008

Ant 1 april 17 2008 - Introduction to the primates Why...

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Introduction to the primates Why study primates? - General biological and evolutionary interest o Speciose; variable in ecology, social system, and behavior - To aid general conservation efforts o Primates as flagship, keystones and umbrellas  Flagships: to use as a representative for conservation campaigns  Interesting to people who live around the primates; getting  local people involved Keystones: important to ecological system; ecological system will  collapse if they exist  Umbrellas: protect primates = protect large area = protect other  species as well - To better understand ourselves and our place in nature o By homology: shared evolutionary history of humans and primates  provides insights into the lives of our extinct ancestors o By analogy: study of primate adaptations in a variety of environment  elucidate … The order primates  (see notes)   Characteristics of primates 
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