ANTH 233: PRIMATES
Instructor: Barbara Welker Office hours: Tu-W-Th 2:30-3:30
Office: 118 Fraser Lab: 116 Fraser
Telephone: 245-5204 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This course is an in-depth examination of the order Primates. Students will learn about the non-human primates of the world through lectures, assigned readings, films, and independent projects. Topics to be covered are primate evolution, taxonomy, ecology, behavior, social organization/group life, cognition, and research.
1. demonstrate their knowledge of the taxonomy of the order Primates, early in the semester, by completion of an exam specifically designed to assess their proficiency.
2. become visually familiar with a minimum of 75% of the genera within the order via slides and films and will demonstrate their knowledge via a visual practical exam.
3. demonstrate their knowledge of primate evolution, behavior, and ecology during three written exams. Lectures, films, readings, and student presentations will prepare students for exams.
4. become familiar with fieldwork and primate research through reading and discussing the Strum and van Schaik monographs as well as the Strier text.
5. gain additional knowledge in a primate genus of their choice, by conducting an independent research project. They will demonstrate what they have learned and their command of the topic via a formal research presentation. Those presentations will help hone their speaking/teaching skills.
6. After completing this course, students will be ready for advanced studies in primate behavior and fieldwork.
1. Strier K.B. (3rd or 4th edition) Primate behavioral ecology. MA: Allyn & Bacon.
2. Strum S.C. (1987) Almost human. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.
3. van Schaik C. (2004) Among Orangutans. MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.
3 written exams (25% each)
Research project: Presentation (10%) and Genus outline (10%)
Discussion participation and “TOPICS” (5%)
Written exams consist of multiple choice, short answer, and short essay questions. They are non-cumulative. Of special note:
Exam 1 – In addition to lectures and readings, students must memorize primate taxonomy down to
the family level, with the exception of subfamily level in Old World monkeys and tribe level in
Exam 2 – Students must be able to recognize slides of species (choice involved) as well as
remember associated characteristics
Exam 3 – open book portion, therefore Strier text is mandatory
Participation grade will be based on classroom and discussion participation and submitted “TOPICS” in relation to the Strum and van Schaik monographs.
-PRESENTATIONS MUST BE ON MY COMPUTER ≤1hr BEFORE CLASS BEGINS – YOU MUST PUT THEM IN MY INBOX, SEND THEM VIA EMAIL, or UPLOAD THEM VIA A THUMBDRIVE DURING MY WED. OFFICE HOUR – IF CLASS GETS HELD UP BECAUSE YOUR TALK IS NOT YET ON MY COMPUTER YOU WILL LOSE 25%; IF YOU MISS YOUR TIME SLOT, YOU WILL LOSE 50%
-OUTLINES ARE DUE ON THE DAY OF YOUR PRESENTATION
Presentation/genus outline: Each student will research a primate genus of their choice. A minimum of 10 different & current (1) professional journal articles, (2) chapters from edited volumes, and/or (3) monographs (textbooks and/or course-assigned books do not count) need to be consulted for both the presentation and outline. A good starting point is Campbell et al.’s Primates in Perspective, 2nd ed. (on reserve). You will find plenty of references to research in the relevant chapters. Websites and popular magazines can be used but they must be in addition to the 10 required sources. References need to be cited throughout the outline. Students are expected to deliver a well-researched and organized fifteen minute presentation based upon their research. Outlines should be typed and must adhere to the following section. They are, on average, 7-10 pages long. Bibliographies must conform to AJPA format (see mycourses).
Comprehensive overview (in Outline form) of (in other words, everything we know):
All species & physical descriptions Life history characteristics / Growth and development
Geographic distribution of all species Mating pattern and Social organization
Specific habitat characteristics Interesting aspects of anatomy, physiology, behavior,
Diet / foraging strategies ecology, and/or evolution
Locomotion Research projects of interest
Please note: SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional, or learning disabilities. Students should consult with the Director in the Office of Disability Services (Tabitha Buggie-Hunt, 105D Erwin, ) and their individual faculty regarding any necessary accommodations as early as possible in the semester.
1 1/23 Introduction & presentation sign-up 1,12
2 1/30 What are primates?, Film: “Primates of the World” 2
3 2/6 Primate evolution, begin Primate ecology, & Film: “Survey of the primates” 3, 10
4 2/13 Finish Primate ecology, Locomotion, & Film: "A Life in the Trees" 6,11
5 2/20 Primate social organization, 3-4 presentations, and Strum discussion 4,5 & Strum
6 2/27 EXAM 1
7 3/6 Prosimians, 2 presentations, & Film: “The Living Edens: Madagascar” (60min)
8 3/13 New World monkeys & Film: “Three Monkeys”
9 3/18-22 SPRING BREAK
10 3/27 Begin OW Monkeys, 3 presentations, & Film: “Baboon Tales” (55min)
11 4/3 Finish OW Monkeys, 5 presentations, & Film: “The Langurs of Abu” (15min)
12 4/10 Apes, 1-2 presentations, & Film: “People of the Forest” (90min)
13 4/17 EXAM 2
14 4/24 Pregnancy, lactation, mother-infant relations, begin “Growing up social”, van Schaik 1-~112
2 presentations, & discussion
15 5/1 Finish "Growing up social, Within-group relations, 2 presentations, 7,8, & van Schaik ~113-224
5/15 FINAL EXAM 6:45-9:45