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Non-Human Primates

ANT 312 Section 001

Fall 2013, Lecture

Dr. Christopher Lynn

Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:45

ten Hoor 348


UA Course Catalog Prerequisites

Prerequisite(s): ANT 100 or ANT 270 or permission of the instructor.

Course Description

UA Course Catalog Information


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the semester, you should be able to

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the diversity of living primates
  • Explain the relevance of primate studies to understanding human evolution
  • Outline the basic differences between apes and monkeys and between Old World and New World primates
  • Take an educated position on primate conservation efforts active in the world
  • Communicate with classmates and the public about current primate research
  • Collect ethological data and write an organized, coherent ethological report

Required Texts

UA Supply Store Textbook Information


Other Course Materials

Additional readings and other material will be posted on Blackboard, so be sure your Blackboard account is set up correctly so that you received messages relevant to the course in your email inbox.

Outline of Topics


Class 1 (Aug. 22): Administrative material and discussion in depth about the course objectives
READ: Nystrom chapter 1, Sapolsky chapter 1

Class 2 (Aug. 27): Introduction to primates: "Social Climbers" movie/Primate biography #1
READ: Sapolsky chaps 2-3

Class 3 (Aug 29): Primates in human thought through the ages
READ: "Ethnoprimatology" by Riley, Wolfe, & Fuentes (Blackboard), Sapolsky chap 4

Class 4 (Sept 3): Primates and people
READ: Cormier 2006 (Blackboard), Sapolsky chap 5


Class 5 (Sept 5): History of primatology
READ: "A Brief History of Primate Field Studies" (Blackboard), Sapolsky chap 6

Class 6 (Sept 10): Primates in laboratory research/Primate biography #2
READ: "Primates in the Laboratory/Principles of Social Organization" (Blackboard), Sapolsky chap 7

Class 7 (Sept 12): Four seminal primate studies (part 1)
READ: Goodall 1972, Schaller 1972 (Blackboard)

Class 8 (Sept 17): Four seminal primate studies (part 2)
READ: Hall & DeVore 1972, Dolhinow 1972 (Blackboard)

Class 9 (Sept 19): Methods in primatology/Primate biography #3
READ: "Behavioral Data Collection in Primate Field Studies" (Blackboard), Sap ch 8

Class 10 (Sept 24): EXAM 1


Class 11 (Sept 26): Primate biogeography
READ: Nystrom ch 3, Sap ch 9

Class 12 (Oct 1): Issues in biogeography/Primate biography #4
READ: Korstjens et al 2010 (Blackboard), Sap ch 10

Class 13 (Oct 3): Primate body
READ: Nys ch 4, Sap ch 11


Class 14 (Oct 8): Issues in primate morphological ecology/Primate biography #5
READ: Cuozzo & Sauther 2012 (Blackboard), Sap ch 12

Class 13 (Oct 10): Primate evolution
READ: Nys ch 5, Sap ch 13

Class 14 (Oct 15): Primate evolution (cont'd)/Primate biography #6
READ: Nys ch 5, Sap 14

Class 15 (Oct 17): Primate ecology
READ: Nys ch 6, Sap ch 15

Class 16 (Oct 22): Issues in primate ecology/Primate biography #7
READ: Marshall et al 2009 (Blackboard), Sap ch 16

Class 17 (Oct 24): EXAM 2


Class 18 (Oct 29): Primate social organization
READ: Nys ch 7, Sap ch 18


Class 19 (Nov 5): Prosimians: A Lemur's Tale movie
READ: Sap chaps 19-20

Class 20 (Nov 7): Primate social relationships/Primate biography #8
READ: Nys ch 8, Sap ch 21

Class 21 (Nov 12): New World monkeys: Face in the Forest movie
READ: Sap chaps 22-23

Class 22 (Nov 14): Primate communication/Primate biography #9
READ: Nys ch 9, Sap ch 24

Class 23 (Nov 19): Old World monkeys: Baboon Tales movie
READ: Sap chaps 25-26

Class 24 (Nov 21): Great apes: Ape Genius movie
READ: Sap chaps 27

Class 25 (Nov 26): Primate brains and behavior
READ: Nys ch 10, Sap ch 28-29



Class 26 (Dec 3): Primate conservation/Primate biography #10
READ: Nys ch 11

Class 30 (Dec 5): Evolutionary medicine--Stress movie
READ: Huffman 2011 (Blackboard)

Wed. Dec 11, 8-10:30 AM: FINAL EXAM

Anthropology Major and Evolutionary Studies

This course fulfills an elective requirement in both the Anthropology major and Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) minor ( If you are not an Anthropology major or minor and have not already decided to declare as such, we hope this course leads you to consider doing so. EvoS is an interdisciplinary minor, housed in the Department of Anthropology and is designed to introduce students to the fundamental importance of evolutionary theory as an explanatory model for life and behavior. This course fulfills an elective requirement in the EvoS minor. Other requirements of the minor include two capstone courses (including ANT 150 and ANT 450, offered every Spring), a 200-level course in the biological principles of evolution, and a foundational course
in one of three disciplines. Minors are required to complete six elective hours in two separate disciplines.

This program is integrated with UA's Evolution Working Group (EVOWOG) and its Alabama Lectures on Life's Evolution (ALLELE) speaker series ("Like" us on Facebook [] to stay informed!). You are strongly encouraged to attend the ALLELE lectures presented this semester. This minor is part of a larger EvoS Consortium, which includes approximately 42 other institutions worldwide, though we are only one of four full-fledged minors. We take pride in this fact, given that Alabama recently scored at the very bottom of the 50 states in teaching evolution at the k-12 levels (even worse than Mississippi!).

As part of the EvoS program, the students have started an EvoS club that hosts an annual Darwin Day Colloquium. You are welcome to become part of this club whether you declare yourself an EvoS minor or simply maintain an abiding interest in evolutionary theory and its myriad applications and implications.

If you are interested in the EvoS minor (either to declare or for more information), contact either Dr. Lynn ( or Dr. Rissler (, who are co-directors of the program.

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