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Instincts to Survive Before taking a physical anthropology class I never had a second thought about our common ancestry to other primates. But going to the San Francisco zoo and Happy Hollow observing the behavior and tendencies of lemurs and gorillas, was a visible reminder. Looking at the phenetic taxonomy of primates, one can see the huge gap between gorillas and lemurs. Lemurs are from the suborder prosimii and gorillas are from anthropoidea and from the same family as humans, the hominoidea (Park 148). Lemurs and gorillas exhibit very different behavioral patterns demonstrating the gorillas to be more social and human-like in comparison with the solitary, nocturnal, primitive lemurs. My observations highlight the fact that we share a more common ancestry with gorillas because they are in the same family as humans, which enables us to better understand human behavior. The hair of these tree-dwelling animals is long and coarse, usually dark brown or black. Baldness is common and more extensive in females. Males weigh from 126-176 pounds, while females weigh from 100-150 pounds. Their most common means of getting around is a four-footed walk with the hind legs slightly flexed, the body tipped forward and the backs of the fingers placed on the ground. Chimpanzees are capable of walking on their hind legs, but only with the toes turned inward. The first zoo I went to was Happy Hollow on November 23 at 4pm in San Jose. I first went to Happy Hollow and when I got there I realized there were only lemurs, so the next day I went to the San Francisco zoo. At Happy Hollow, I observed the Red Ruffed
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Lemur ( Varecia Variegatus Rubra ). The majority of the time the lemur was climbing all around the cage and climbing on branches. He periodically ate this type of food that looked like pellets. He went to his fake “pond” and drank from it. He stared at me only a couple of times, spending most of the time climbing in the branches. He was in the cage with one other lemur. When he climbed on a particular branch he peed on it and the other lemur came and sniffed and licked his pee for about five minutes. The hallmark of my observation was when the lemur was sitting on a heat lamp and out of nowhere he looks
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2011 for the course ANTH 215 taught by Professor Pietrusewsky,m during the Spring '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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