Spring 2021 - ARCH 344 E100
Primate Behaviour (3)
Class Number: 4715
Delivery Method: In Person
The evolution of the primate order and the ecology and behavior characterizing the different grades of primates: prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Current trends in interpreting primate behavior are emphasized. Students with credit for ARCH 333 Special Topics in Archaeology II: Primate Behaviour may not take this course for further credit.
This course examines the evolution of the primate order and the ecology and behavior characterizing the different grades of primates: prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Current trends in interpreting primate behavior are emphasized.
- Introduction: primates as models for hominid evolution; history of primatology; what constitutes a primate.
- Field methods in primatology – observing wild primates in their native habitats.
- Overview of tree shrews and prosimians.
- Overview of New World monkeys.
- Overview of Old World monkeys.
- Sociobiology – theories and problems.
- 3 Exams (25% each) 75%
- Library Report on Primate 25%
Napier, J. R. and P. H. The Natural History of the Primates 1997 MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts Paperback
**Note: This book is out of print but will be available at the SFU Bookstore as custom courseware. (
Porter, Leila M. The Behavioral Ecology of Callimicos and Tamarins in Northwestern Bolivia 2007 Pearson Prentice Halkl, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
**Note: This book is out of print but will be available at the SFU Bookstore as custom courseware.
Atsalis, Sylvia A Natural History of the Brown Mouse Lemur 2008 Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Pruetz, Jill, D. E. The Socioecology of Adult Female Patas Monkeys and Vervets in Kenya. 2009 Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Silvey, Anita. Undaunted: The Wild Life of Biruté Mary Galdikas and Her Fearless Quest to Save Orangutans. 2019. National Geographic Books.
Department Undergraduate Notes:
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
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