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separate primates - ◦ Trend toward diurnality – Awake...

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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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