Anth%20171%20Syllabus%20F07 - MONKEYS AND APES Anth 171...

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MONKEYS AND APES Anth 171: Fall 2007 Mon/Wed 10:00 - 11:20 pm Professor: Dr. Frances White Office: 352 Condon Hall Office hours: Monday 11:45 to 1:45 pm or by appointment Telephone: 346-5278 E-mail: [email protected] PLEASE use Anth 171 in the subject of your e-mail to help me filter your message for my attention GTF: Michel Waller Office: 374 Condon Hall Telephone: 346-5289 E-mail: [email protected] Course syllabus and statement of course policies: This course examines our closest relatives, the Primates (prosimians, monkeys and apes), in an evolutionary context. Humans are primates too, and we share with nonhuman primates an array of important adaptive features such as high intelligence, complex communication systems, diverse feeding adaptations and diets, and a reliance on social groups. Understanding of the ecology, behavior, and evolution of non-human primates helps anthropologists to identify and interpret those features that unite us with the Primate Order. Throughout this course, we will look at evolutionary features that define and shape the Order Primates. We will also learn the taxonomy and evolutionary history of the primates, and evaluate the ways in which anatomy and ecology shape primate behavior. Lectures will include information from studies of primates in their natural habitats, and discussions will be oriented to both evolutionary and ecological perspectives. Although this is a science course, I do not assume that you have a rigorous scientific background. Instead, this class aims to be an important part of your education in scientific thinking and hypothesis testing. My aim is to present the scientific foundations of this course in a way that will give you an intuitive understanding so that you can look critically at scientific studies in general and primate diversity from an evolutionary perspective specifically. To do this we will all need a common language and some scientific terminology and definitions will be essential, but it is most important that you understand and see how to apply the concepts. This course is divided into three sections: Section 1 runs from the start of the course to first midterm and will examine the theory of evolution, adaptation and the concept of adaptive radiations, as applied to primates. During this time, discussion sections will work on the scientific method and how to generate and test hypotheses and the taxonomy and biogeography of primates. Section 2 begins after the first midterm and runs to the second midterm exam. In this section will be examine the evolutionary morphology, ecological adaptations, and reproduction in primates. Section 3 starts after the second midterm and goes to the end of the class. During this time we will look at the evolution of primate behavior and intelligence and the importance of primates in ecological communities. We will end by discussing the relevance of primate studies to understanding humans. Lectures:
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This note was uploaded on 10/24/2009 for the course ANTH 171 taught by Professor Franciswhite during the Spring '09 term at Oregon.

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