Anth121-2008PrimateOrigins

Anth121-2008PrimateOrigins - Early Primate Adaptations The...

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Early Primate Adaptations The earliest primates were similar to modern tree shrews in their adaptations and body form. Like the tree shrew they were small animals with claws instead of nails, laterally-placed orbits, and long snouts. They undoubtedly used their well-developed sense of smell to forage for insects and fruit on the forest floor.
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Primate Origins
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What is the adaptive significance of the primate trends? The Arboreal Theory: Explains the trends in terms of adaptation to life in the trees The manual predatory theory: Explains the trends in terms of a arboreal feeding adaptation
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