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Debra L. Durham
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

In this course, we will examine the nonhuman primates from an evolutionary perspective. Topics covered in class include taxonomy and evolutionary history of the primates, cognition, development, social systems and life history. In addition, we will evaluate the ways in which anatomy and ecology influence behavior.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion and videos

Recommended preparation

BIOA 201 or PSYCH 200 (Animal Behavior)

Class assignments and grading

Homework and brief in-class assignments, 2 exams, final project/paper


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 Debra L. Durham
Date: 09/22/2007