Organize the information on primate
anatomical, ecological, and behavioral from the module and textbook
reading this week and next week into a useful study guide. Learn about a
model species from each taxonomic group to better understand the
different types of primates.
The traits that distinguish primates
from other mammals are better understood as a cluster of traits since no
single trait immediately tells us a creature is a primate. It is also
true that some primates’ taxonomic groups have more of those traits from
the cluster or more developed versions of those traits than other
primate groups. We see this “ramp up” of primate traits as we compare
the more primitive (more like the nonprimate ancestors) primates in the
Strepsirrhini, to the monkeys, and finally the apes (who have the most
developed cluster of all the traits).
Use this table to compare across
taxonomic groups – there are patterns to be found, but also a lot of
overlap. A lot will depend on the example species you write about for
each taxon. You can use example species from the module or chapter, or
have a look at the Primate Info Network Factsheets (Links to an external site.). If you use a factsheet, be sure to cite your source.
I recommend focusing on the
following species highlighted in the module and textbook: Ring-tailed
lemur or sifaka, capuchin monkeys, Japanese macaques or baboons, and
chimpanzees. Chimps especially will be most useful for later comparisons
in the class.
Use this table to organize your notes as you read the module and
textbook chapter this week. Focus on one example species for each of the
taxonomic groups (columns on the table). It will make studying for the
quiz a snap!
- Open it in Word or Google Docs or OneDrive
- Fill it out on the computer and save it to your files
- Upload the finished document back into the assignment
- NOTE: Your file must be saved as a .doc or a .docx or a .pdf file type