Primates

Primates

Factsheets

The 12 primates for study in the practical are the following:
  1. Ring tailed lemur
  2. Lesser bushbaby
  3. Tarsiers
  4. Common marmoset
  5. White faced capuchin
  6. Vervet monkey
  7. Chacma baboon
  8. Black and white colobus monkey
  9. White handed gibbon
  10. Orangutans
  11. Gorilla
  12. Chimpanzee

For each of the primates, the following information is provided and needs to be studied:

Common name
Scientific name
Suborder
Infraorder
Distribution
Habitat
Tail
Mode of locomotion
Size and weight
Dental formula
Diet
Social life
Diurnal/nocturnal
Characteristics

Primate social behaviour

Study the video clip and note all social behaviours observed among the chacma baboons.

 

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Three primates from across the globe

Read through each of these articles and then answer the questions on your practical sheet.
  • Life on a fast track. Kenya's Patas monkey by Lisa Moore LaRoe.
    Kenya's patas monkeys not only run fast, they eat fast, reproduce fast - and some are dying fast.
    National Geographic, February 2004.
  • Smell trouble. Borneo's proboscis monkey by Tim Laman.
    Borneo's flamboyant primates are famous for having big noses. What you might not know about them is they're graceful, they can swim, and they're in trouble.
    National Geographic, August 2002.
  • Kings of the Hill? by Virginia Morell.
    In a male-dominated world, a female-run society is decidedly refreshing. Check out gelada monkeys - but don't mess with the queens: they bite.
    National Geographic, November 2002.

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Study the characteristics of these primates in relation to those studied in the practical.

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