While we humans tend to focus on ourselves, the goal of this course is to examine the natural history and behavior of your closest relatives, the nonhuman primates. Through lectures, streaming videos and web based materials, you will explore the diversity of primates from an evolutionary, biological and ecological perspective. Topics will include a broad survey of primate taxonomy and adaptations, primate ecology, social behavior, life history and cognition. By the end of the course you will 1) have a working knowledge of primate taxonomy; 2) understand the basic primate biology and adaptation and the ecological and social context that selects for these traits and 3) better understand yourself as a mammal, a primate and a human! This course is approved for the arts and sciences core curriculum in the natural sciences.
Professor Michelle Sauther
See the University Catalog for specifics, recommendations, and prerequisites.