Primates

Primates

Overview

The practical consists of four sections, each providing additional information on each of the primates:
  1. Section 1 contains the scientific classification of the primate, its distribution and information on the habitat of each.
  2. Section 2 adds the tail, mode of locomotion, size and weight and dental formula.
  3. Section 3 provides all the information for each primate.
  4. Section 4 finishes of with all the information on each primates as well as video material which needs to be studied.
  5. After studying the video, read through the three articles provided and answer the rest of the questions. This will function as an attendance register and become part of your portfolio.
There are twelve primate fact files connected using jumps, events, time-outs and a quiz:
Jumps
Jumps are used to move from one primate fact file to the next. Moves are random and you might return to primates you have seen before. You can jump as often and as quick as you wish. Take time to study each new primate encountered. Although jumps are random, there are method to the madness. In section 1, jumps are very random. In section 2, jumps are less random and in section 3 even less random. Work on your own, or work with a friend. Collect them all as fast as possible. Or as slow as you want. Section 4 is open and you can visit each primate at leisure. Make sure you do the primate observation, using the video provided in this section.
Events
These are diversions, containing material relevant to the practical. Some events might even contain answers to some of the test questions.
Time-outs
Getting bored with monkeys? Take a time-out. These are breaks you can take at any time to give your mind a rest. They might or might not incorporate monkeys, but are provided solely for your amusement.
Quiz
To advance from section 1 to 4, you need to pass a quiz. To get from section 1 to section 2, you have to answer 10 questions correctly. To get to section 3, you have to answer 30 questions correctly. To reach Section 4, you have to answer 45 questions correctly.

Factsheets

There are 12 primates:
  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 nameSection 1
Scientific nameSection 1
SuborderSection 1
InfraorderSection 1
DistributionSection 1
HabitatSection 1
TailSection 2
Mode of locomotionSection 2
Size and weightSection 2
Dental formulaSection 3
DietSection 3
Social lifeSection 3
Diurnal/nocturnalSection 3
CharacteristicsSection 3

Section 4 contains a 7 minute video clip. Study the video clip and note all social behaviours observed among the chacma baboons.

You have three hours to finish

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