- Code BIAN2126
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Archaeology and Anthropology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Biological Anthropology
- Areas of interest Biological Anthropology, Zoology, Evolution and Ecology, Biology
The course begins with surveying general principles of evolution, biodiversity and systematics, species theory, phylogeny reconstruction and biogeography, and quickly progresses to a consideration of how these apply in turn to lemurs, lorises and galagos, tarsiers, New and Old World monkeys, and apes, because the meaning and relevance of theory are best appreciated in context. Students will be expected to be able to recognise and characterise all the main groups of primates to a limited extent, and a few groups in depth, and to use this as the basis for an understanding of the current conservation crisis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Identify the major groups of living primates, and all the species in at least one of the groups.
- Apply the rules of nomenclature in a way that organises their knowledge of primates.
- Construct phylogenetic hypotheses from different sources of evidence.
- Evaluate published claims about Primate taxonomy and biogeography.
- Understand and assess the various meanings given to the concept of species.
1. A major essay, 2500-3500 words (50%) [Learning Outcomes 3-5]
Major essay - to be submitted at the end of the course, constructing a phylogenetic hypothesis or evaluating published claims about taxonomy (including species concept) and/or biogeography in a chosen group.
2. Two short class tests (10% each) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
One test in the last tutorial before the break, and one test in the last tutorial of semester, testing students’ ability to identify Primate groups, identify different published hypotheses of Primate taxonomy and evolution, and apply the rules of nomenclature. The first test will be on material in the first part of the course; the second test will be on material covering the entire course. Each test will be for 10% of the total.
3. A presentation in class (30%) [Learning Outcomes 2-5]
Using PowerPoint and, where appropriate, the skeletal material available in the laboratory, this presentation will cover all the principles introduced in the course, and each student will choose a favourite topic on which to expound. Ability to interest the rest of the class and stimulate discussion is important. Top marks will be given to students able to evaluate published claims as well as put forward their own well-argued hypotheses.
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Two hours of lectures plus one hour of tutorials per student per week. Students will be expected to spend twice this amount of time in study, revision, and preparation.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
Groves, C. Primate Taxonomy, Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|4422||20 Feb 2017||27 Feb 2017||31 Mar 2017||26 May 2017||In Person||N/A|