- Code BIAN6513
- 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 progresses to a consideration of how these apply in turn to lemurs, lorises and galagos, tarsiers, New and Old World monkeys, and apes. Students will be expected to be able to recognise and characterise all the main groups of primates. In this course, we will also examine dietary, locomotor and sensory adaptations in primates and will cover aspects of the primate fossil record.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify the major groups of living primates, all the species in at least one of the groups and the main fossil primate taxa known from each primate group;
- Apply the rules of nomenclature in a way that organises their knowledge of primates;
- Understand the main concepts of cladistics and phylogenetics and construct phylogenetic hypotheses from different sources of evidence;
- Evaluate published claims about Primate taxonomy and biogeography and why these are important for classifying known primate fossils;
- Understand and assess the various meanings given to the concept of species, and how these may be recognised in the primate fossil record.
Indicative AssessmentAnnotated bibliography relevant to proposed essay, 1500 words (10%) [Learning Outcome 3-5]
Major essay, 3500 words (50%) [Learning Outcome 3-5]
Take-home test, 48 hours (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5]
Tutorial presentation, 30 min (10%) [Learning Outcomes 2-5]
Tutorial participation (5%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and online activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsFleagle, J. G. (2013). Primate Adaptation and Evolution: 3rd Edition. Academic Press.
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