|Monkeys, Apes and Humans
Department of Anthropology, University of Missouri-Columbia
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.
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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