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Leila M. Porter
BIO A 370
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Primates

Origins, major evolutionary trends, and modern taxonomic relationships of the nonhuman primates. Their distribution and habitat in relation to behavioral and morphological adaptations and their status as endangered species. Prerequisite: BIO A 201. Offered: A.

Class description

A general introduction to the taxonomy, anatomy, behavior and ecology of living primates. We will also cover special topics such as culture in chimpanzees, female dominance in lemurs and mixed species groups in tamarins.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, class discussion and activities, and films.

Recommended preparation

BIOA 201

Class assignments and grading

One research paper on a topic of your choice One short behavioral study on a primate group at the Woodland Park Zoo

1 Mid-term 1 Final Zoo project Research project In-class assignments


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Leila M. Porter
Date: 10/27/2003