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Course Cover Image Anthropology 310 Primate Behaviour

Attention, students:
This course has been revised. If your course package contains the course texts Primates in Nature, The Evolution of Primate Behavior, and Primate Paradigms, you must use the archived version of the course.

If your course package contains Primate Behavioral Ecology and The Nonhuman Primates, your course information is in the Moodle website, accessed through your myAU portal. The website you are now at provides general information about Anthropology 310.


Welcome to Anthropology 310: Primate Behaviour, a three-credit, intermediate-level course that provides a general introduction to primate behaviour, with an emphasis on the insights derived from field studies.

When you have completed Anthropology 310, you should be able to explain

  1. how primatology is relevant to the wider field of anthropology.
  2. the social and physical diversity that exists within the order Primates.
  3. how natural selection is an important explanatory framework for understanding behaviour.
  4. the different strategies used by males and females to maximize their respective reproductive success.
  5. the relationship between environmental factors, social behaviour, and the evolution of primate cognitive skills.
  6. problems related to the conservation of wild primate populations, and the solutions to those problems.