Primate BehaviorB2009

Primate BehaviorB2009 - How can we learn about possible...

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How can we learn about possible early human behavior? Primate behavior studies are seen as models for early human behavior: When present humans have a behavior, and our closest living relatives have that behavior, then our distant shared ancestor probably had that behavior
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That is an homologous behavior . It is why we study chimpanzees and bonobos, who split from humans about 5-6 mya
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Or sometimes we study other less-recently related primates who now live in the same kind of environment we think the early humans lived in That is called analogous behavior and is why we study baboons
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Baboon ( Papio ) 5 species Some live in the savannas of East and South Africa Live in troops that are based on a network of social alliances Alliances/friendships include female/female, female/male, and male/male Males have a lot of power and they protect the troop (Wikipedia.com)
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Members of a troop have different social positions. Social positions are based on experience, skills, and ability to gain and influence allies/friends Stable group is a female and her relatives Competition is among females over resources for the family of each Males make overtures toward females in estrus, but females choose who they mate with
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Chimpanzees ( Pan troglodytes
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