Anthropology Discussion 3


There are around 220 or so species of primate in the world. We will only have time to discuss a few of them in detail, even though all of them are interesting. Using the sites (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. andPrimate Info Net (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., find some information on primate species you think are interesting and share it with your colleagues.


While we will not focus much on early primate evolution, O’Neil includes some great information about the earliest primates in the tutorials. What are some of the things you have learned?


Primates live in a wide variety of social groups. What are the different types of social organization that characterizes the primates? What are some examples of species that live in each type?


What are the costs and benefits of living in groups? How do primates manage the costs of living in groups?


Primate social lives are complex and interesting. What are some of the examples of complex social behaviors seen in primates?


The Smuts article focuses on the importance of friendship in baboons. How does Smuts talk about friendship in baboons? How does she measure it? How do females, males, and infants benefit from their friendships? How does this article challenge some of the assumptions people have about aggression in wild animals and the behavior of females and males?



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