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Unformatted text preview: Anthro 1 lecture outline 2/1/07 Introduction to the Primates Why Study Primates? In order to understand evolution of our species • living primates as models • specific traits on bones/teeth translate to information on locomotion, diet, habitat, behavior, and phylogenetic affiliation An Overview the Primates • Primates as Mammals • Characteristics of Primates • Primate Adaptations • Primate Taxonomy • A Survey of the Living Primates Primates As Mammals • Mammals are hairy, toothy, warm blooded vertebrates (animals with back bones) • There are over 4,000 species of mammals. – But there are over 30 million insect species!! • Primates are placental mammals – Like mice, rats, cats, dogs, bears, all African mammals, etc. – There are 2 other kinds of mammals. • Marsupials—Kangaroos, wallabies, opossums, etc • Monotremes—Echidnas, platypus Placental mammals • High energy • Enhanced sensory perception – Big brains – Processing – Reacting--Flexibility • High reproductive effort Primates • There are over 200 species of nonhuman primates (prosimians, monkeys, and apes) • Most are small, arboreal animals • Most species are monkeys and prosimians • Ape and human species are few in number...
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ANTHRO 1 taught by Professor Wilkie during the Spring '08 term at Berkeley.
- Spring '08
- Biological Anthropology