Study questions for the article by Mitchell et al. on squirrel monkey relationships
(1) What is the primary question(s) that your article is seeking to answer? And
what specific predictions are derived from this hypothesis?
(2) Are the hypotheses or quest
This is an incomplete taxonomy of the order Primates. I have only included those species
names that you are likely to run across in the literature. For a more complete list, see a
primate taxonomy textbook or Table A-1 in the appendix of
Dominance and RS
= the ability to consistently intimidate or
displace another animal at coveted
resources in the absence of other group
Dominance can be specific to particular contexts, but
usually it applies across a wide range of conte
TENTATIVE CALENDAR AND ASSIGNMENTS FOR 128A - to be readjusted periodically throughout the course
Day Lecture/meeting number
of week Topic
number Associated readings
1 Comparative method, Day in the life
1 MM preface
Reconciliation=Post-conflict affiliation assumed to repair relationship damage during a
Examples of behaviors used to achieve reconciliation:
Bonobos: nonconceptive sex
Stumptail macaques: holdbottom rituals
Chimps: extend hand to mouth, or kiss
Sexual selection theory:
Natural selection doesnt always act equally on the two sexes.
sexual dimorphism: differences in the morphology and/or behavior of the 2 sexes
selection for traits that enable individuals to acquire more and/or be
This excel file contains all data, behavior code descriptions and monkey IDs necessary to complete your homewo
The description of each sheet:
Play - contains all play data
Infant-related - contains all nursing data
Point sample activity - contains data on
Homework for first part of theory section: levels of explanation, levels of selection, kin
selection, and reciprocity. Use this as a study guide for these topics on the first midterm.
(1) What is the difference between a proximate and an ultimate level of
Use the Play sheet for this section
1) Who did Winslow Homer play with? Write the names, ages and sex of his play partners
- FN (Frankenstein), UB (Dubious), NC (Nickel), VR (Viceroy), QH (Quidditch), DA (Dali),
QM (Quasimono), LO
Study questions for:
Schlke, O. and Ostner, J. (2012) Ecological and Social Influences on Sociality.
Chapter 9 in: The Evolution of Primate Societies. Eds.: J.C. Mitani, J. Cal, P.M.
Kappeler, R.A.Palombit, J.B. Silk. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Traditions in wild primate populations
What is culture?
Cultural anthropologists have often used denitions that
automatically exclude nonhuman animals, e.g. by including
language as part of the denition
The denition we ll use: Behavioral variation, t