Week 4 – Primatology

COURSE MATERIALS

ASSESSMENTS

  • 10-Question MC quiz on D2L (complete by 11:30PM on Friday) – 60 minute time limit once you start the quiz
  • Reflection Blog Post due by 11:30PM on Friday: (500 words)
    • Prompt: Focus on the ways in which non-human primates provide information about human evolution. Did any of the information in the videos or links surprise you about non-human primates? If so, what? How do you think we can better understand our own biology, behavior, and culture by studying non-human primates?
  • Reflection Blog Comments due by 11:30PM on Sunday: (125 words each) Read 2 other students’ postings from this week’s reflection posts and leave a comment.

2 thoughts on “Week 4 – Primatology

  1. #AMY #HELP
    I have a question regarding one of the answers on the quiz for this week- I cannot find your email anywhere on the site. Can I get your email in order to ask? Thank you

  2. When reading and viewing this week’s videos and articles I read/saw some things that were cool and some that surprised me in a bad way. One of the things that surprised me was in the lecture about monkeys and how close they actually are related to us humans. What I got from the video is basically we humans are evolved monkeys. The study that surprised me in a bad way is when they put the monkeys with fake mothers then tried to put them in an environment with normal monkeys and they didn’t know how to function correctly. I would think this is how any human or mammal would react because everything depends on learning and the bonds we make at the adolescent until early adulthood stage of our lives. Monkeys are like humans, they have wars with other groups to establish dominance between groups. You can compare this to humans and how we go to war with one another. Chimps also form groups where they communicate with each other and act differently toward one another. I can relate this to humans and our family structure. They have a dominate figure within the groups, the males compete with other males for the females to get a chance to reproduce. This is similar to humans because we to compete with each other over the opposite sex. Males compete with other males and females do the same, but we humans are now evolving to another stage where even the same sex has been attracted to one another. I can’t say the same about monkey because they too can evolve and what if there is some group of monkeys in the world who are also picking up this. This brings me to the point on when the professor was talking about how the primates who were female would imitate their mothers. I think this is the most interesting thing because we humans throughout our whole lives all do something that we were taught by our parents. A good example of this is when we are first learning to speak. We are taught to speak a different way all across the world. We as humans have a wide variety of languages we speak depending where you are located and usually you speak what language you parents speak or who you are around.
    I think we can better our understanding of our own biology, behavior, and culture by studying non-human primates by closely studying fossils of human’s remains and monkey remains. One could also say these two aren’t really related. I say this because not everyone truly believes in the theory of evolution. They can say we aren’t descendants of monkey and that God created us humans in his image and that monkeys are just an animal that he created with a smaller brain like humans but just not a big and complex. When viewing/reading me saw a lot of stuff basically telling me that we are just monkeys that evolved over time. This led me to believe that the people who wrote and talked were believers of the theory of evolution.

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