separate primates - Trend toward diurnality Awake during...

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Basic fundamental characteristics which separate primates from other mammals: Primates are an order of arboreally adapted animals Generalized limb structure - We're not fast but we have more of a range of mobility(primates) Grasping feet and hands – Unfused () that lets us turn our wrist Pentadactyly – Five fingers and five toes Nails replace claws (for most) – greater control for grip than claws, also enhanced touch because of increased surface area for sensitivity Reduction of snout/flattened facial features Stereoscopic vision/frontal orientation of the eyes (eyes aren't on the side) – Really good for depth perception Generalized dentition – Teeth (Not Specialized for one thing, we can eat a variety of foods) AKA Dietary Versatility Decreased litter size – Primates have single births
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Unformatted text preview: Trend toward diurnality Awake during the day and asleep at night. As opposed to nocturnal Trend toward enlargement and increased complexity of the brain Increased reliance on learned behaviors rather than instinctual. Not genetically programed. Most learning is down by repetitive observation rather than teaching. Trend toward longer gestation periods and infant dependency Primate offspring tend to be young for a long time dependent on the parents but also tend to live longer. Delayed reproductive maturity and greater longevity Not ready to go off on their own at a young age like puppies for instance. Trend toward living in stable social groups Primates among all others live in a very stable social group. They span the every type known of groups....
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This note was uploaded on 09/01/2011 for the course ANTHROPOLO 101 taught by Professor Patil during the Spring '08 term at Ill. Chicago.

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