ANT 391L • Analysis of Primate Anatomy
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
This course is an in-depth exploration of the relationship between primate anatomical form and function. Throughout the course, various aspects of cranial and postcranial anatomy will be examined in detail for associations between behavioral activities and particular morphological configurations. Examples will be viewed in the context of different theoretical approaches to the study of morpholoy, and the application of naturalistic and experimental methods to the investigation of functional morphology in living primates will be reviewed. The course is also designed to demonstrate how tested associations between form and function in living primates are used to reconstruct the behavior of fossil primates. Therefore, emphasis will be on anatomical systems that are more likely to be preserved in the fossil record.