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Monkeys, Apes and Humans
Anthropology 1500
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First draft due 11:00 AM Tuesday, Apr 11

Final draft due 11:00 PM Tuesday Apr 18

50 points for first draft, 100 points for final version

Question: Why are primates so intelligent? Why are some species of primate more intelligent than others? What might this tell us about the reasons why humans are so intelligent?

Task: Read, review, and test ideas from two articles on primate intelligence.

  • Step One: Describe, compare, and contrast the scenarios for the evolution of primate intelligence by: (1) Byrne and (2) Dunbar (note: there is a lot of overlap between the two). Both articles are available at the Dept. Anthropology Library in Swallow Hall.
  • Step two: Evaluate the scenarios using your primate fact sheets. Determine a measure of "intelligence" as best you can, and test for associations with independent variables of your choice (based on the logic provided in the articles). Include detailed discussion of two species (your choice).

Hints: Read the articles carefully, jotting down what you think are the key ideas. Sit back and compare them. The main hypothesis (brain evolved as a social tool) is the same, but there are some differences in the types of evidence used to test the hypothesis. Apply the ideas to (1) a broad comparison of primate species from your fact sheets, and (2) a detailed discussion of two or more primate species with which you are familiar (the text may help, or your notes from films, etc.): How do they fit? What do you think this might have to do with human evolution?


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