Primate Morphology and Fossil Record


Survey of primate morphology/fossil record. Extinct fossil forms will be used to fill in gaps among major living groups or reveal specializations unseen among them. Implications of these patterns for (1) the relationships among living fossil primates and (2) origin and early evolution of the order Primates (as well as each major group of primates) in terms of historical timing, geography, and ecological influences. Methodological topics: 3D computer visualization; geometric analysis and biomechanical modeling of morphological variation; cladistics; phylogenetic comparative methods. Prerequisite: EVANTH 101/101D plus 200 or 300-level paleontology or anatomy course. One course / 3 units.

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