001 Biological Sciences Bldg (Douglass Campus)Prerequisite: Anthropology 212 (Life of Primates) (it is OK to fulfill prereq by taking 212 and 348 concurrently)
Phone: (732) 932-5214
Strier, K.B. 2007. Primate Behavioral Ecology, 3rd ed. Allyn & Bacon, Boston.
1. Midterm (25%)
2. Final Exam (30%)
3. Term Paper (35%)
4. Class Discussions (5%) & Term Paper Topic Assignment (5%)
Midterm & Final Exams:
The questions for each exam will be handed out in lecture one week before the exam date. You have the week the prepare your answers. You’ll write them in blue book. You can bring to the exam one sheet of paper with notes on one side to assist you in writing the essays.
The Term Paper:
The Term Paper will be on a subject of your choice, but must have both a topical and an organismal focus (e.g., “Why are marmosets polyandrous?”). The paper employs evolutionary theory to interpret some social or ecological phenomenon (e.g., sexual dimorphism, polyandry, monogamy, folivory, polyspecific associations, etc.), and it must cover the literature on some taxonomic subset of primates (a species [e.g., orangutans], or genus [e.g., Pan], or subfamily [e.g., Callitrichinae], etc.). You are expected to use the library’s reference tools to ensure use of the recent literature & also to learn to do scholarly work. A handout dealing with the term paper will be distributed. The paper should be about 10 pages, double-spaced. Email a “why” question about a specific phenomenon in a particular taxon to me on or before the date provided (5% of your course grade for this) & I will provide feedback. Some topics (e.g., locomotion, cognition) don’t work well. Students cannot duplicate topics & taxa: topics are allocated on “first come, first serve” basis (so email as soon as you have your topic, but be prepared to switch if someone else is already doing it).
Schedule of Meetings & Readings
||Intro to Course|
||Biomes & Biogeography (& review of African primates)||pp. 1-7,
52-61, 73-87, Appendix (pp. 376-387)
& Biogeography (& a review of the rest of the pimates)
||Same as above
Krebs, J.R. & Davies, N.B. 1997. The evolution of behavioural ecology. In: Behavioural Ecology: An Evolutionary Approach, 4th ed., (J.R. Krebs & N.B. Davies, eds.), pp. 3-12. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
8-89, 99-110, 11-124
Hinde, R.A. 1975. The concept of function. In: Function and Evolution in Behavior (G. Baerends, C. Beer & A. Manning, eds.), pp. 3-15. Clarendon, Oxford.
Foods: Nutritional Aspects
179-193), Chapter 11 (pp. 344-353)
6 (pp. 179-193 again)
Bonner, J.T. 2006. Matters of size. Natural History, 115 (9): 54-59.
Niches & Communities
||Email me the TOPIC and TAXON of your term paper|
& sexual selection theory
competition I: Precopulatory (anatomical)
competition II: Precopulatory (vocal) & Postcopulatory (sperm
A.H. 1995. Sexual selection and sperm competition in
primates: What are male genitalia good for? Evolutionary Anthropology,
Choice: Theory Precopulatory
Fisher, R.A. 1958. The Genetical Theory of Natural Selection, 2nd ed., Dover, New York. (Excerpt)
Choice: Precopulatory Indicator Mechanisms
Choice: Postcopulatory (Cryptic Female Choice)
||Eberhard, W.G. 1990. Animal genitalia and female choice. Scientific American, 78:134-141.|
of Primates: What eats primates?
1971. Geometry for the selfish herd. Journal of Theoretical Biology,
Rodman, P.S. 1980. Why monkeys live together. International Wildlife, 10:18-23.
Evolution II: Resource Defense Model
148-168); Chapter 6 (pp. 194-208); Chapter 7 & 8
||Social Evolution III: Foraging Models||Chapters 7 & 8|
as selective force
D.W. 2001. Infanticide—A major factor in mammalian
sociology. Excerpt from The
Encyclopedia of Mammals, pp. xxiv-xxv, Oxford University Press,
||Evolution of Monogamy||Chapter 9
Morell, V. 1998. A new look at monogamy. Science, 21:1982-1983.
||Sexual Conflict: Sexual Coercion||Hosken,
D.J. & Stockley, P. 2005. Sexual conflict. Current Biology, 15:R535-R536.
Smuts, B.B. 1995. The apes of wrath. Discover Magazine.