The lectures are taught with audiovisual media. These include powerpoints and discussion of documentaries about the analyzed topics.
In the practical classes documentaries on selected non-human primates are viewed in order to discuss the main biological parameters, including morphological, geographical, behavioral, among others.
This course is considered the evolutionary history of the primates in perspective of contextualization the evolution of man.
Primatology. The living primates. General characterization and geographic distribution.
Systematics and classification.
The objectives of Primatology.
The life of primates: diet, habitat, locomotion and sexual dimorphism.
The social life of primates: organization of some primate societies.
The prosimians. The New and Old World Monkeys. Hominoids.
Notion of geologic time. Notions of taphonomy. Dating methods. The evolutionary history of the primates of the Eocene to Miocene.
Ana Maria Gama da Silva
Fleagle, J. 1998. Primate evolution and adaptation. NY Academic Press.
Falk,D.2000. Primate diversity. NY. Norton & Company