Anthropology | EVOLUTION OF PRIMATE SOCIAL BEHAVIOR
B368 | 0400 | Hunt


We have two principal aims in B368.  (1) We will become familiar with the
variety of primate social organizations.  Primate societies will be parsed
into 5 basic systems, after which variations on these themes will be
explored.  You will learn that nonhuman primates vary from solitary,
positively antisocial species, to animals that gather in groups of up to
300.  	(2) We aim to understand the theoretical underpinnings of primate social
behavior.  We will investigate the evolutionary and ecological bases of
sociality, intense affiliation within groups (bonding), group transfer,
territoriality, aggression, primate intelligence, communication, tool use,
mating strategies, and parenting strategies. Along the way we'll become
familiar with the physical appearance of many of the 200 species of
primates.  We'll learn a bit about primate conservation.  At the end of
the class we'll think just briefly about what primates tell us about
ourselves.

Readings include scientific articles on reserve and a textbook, The
Natural History of the Primates.  There are 11 pages of reading per meeting.
The class will view 7 films.  There will be three exams.