Primate Behavior OpenCourseWare: Notre Dame's Free Bachelor Level Anthropology Class on Primate Behavior

Published Feb 13, 2009

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Primates include monkeys, lemurs, apes, lemurs and humans. Nonhuman primates live primarily in tropical and subtropical environments in Asia, Africa and the Americas. 'Primate Behavior,' an OpenCourseWare provided by Notre Dame University, examines the communal interaction, biology and ecology of nonhuman primates. Students completing undergraduate coursework in fields like Anthropology and Biology will find this course beneficial.

Primate Behavior: Course Specifics

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Primate Behavior: Course Description

There are several common traits shared by primates, including a bony ring encircling the eye socket, hands and feet that are made for grabbing objects, a large brain in relationship to body size and long periods of gestation and slow post-natal growth. 'Primate Behavior', a free OpenCourseWare offered by Notre Dame University Anthropology Department, looks at the complex relationship among nonhuman primates. This course, which is taught by Professor Agustín Fuentes, Ph.D., is presented in a lecture format covering a range of topics, such as behavior, taxonomy and ecology. Students will also review sexuality and reproduction, social learning, social organization and cooperation and competition. Several of the lectures focus on various species of primates like the callitrichids, lemurs, macaques, orangutans and chimpanzees. Students who complete this undergraduate-level course should be able to evaluate behavioral data, and comprehend primate-related trends in anthropology.

The materials for this course consist of online lecture notes, study materials and more. If you are interested in taking this course, visit the primate behavior course page.

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