Reconstructing the Past: Primate Paleobiology and Ecology

EvAnth 520S

Interpretation of the paleobiology of extinct primates relies on indirect evidence linking morphology to particular attributes of a species' ecological niche - be it diet, mode of locomotion, body size, sensory ecology, social systems, etc.  Reconstructions require understanding of the functional attributes of anatomical systems of living primates followed by an inference by analogy about the behavior of the extinct primates. We examine similarities and differences in the primates living on different continents through time as well as contested paleoecological scenarios related to primate origins and ape and human origins. 

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