Students will visit one of the two zoos listed above and choose ONE of each type of primate from the list below. They will observe the primate groups for a minimum of 30 minutes for each primate type taking notes on both physical characteristics and behavior observed. Students will use this information (along with research to answer the questions below that they are unable to answer from their zoo observations) to write up their paper. The paper requires a minimum of six pages and a maximum of ten pages. The content is as follows:
One page minimum on each of the following primate types: 1) prosimian; 2) new world monkey; 3) old world monkey; 4) ape; 5) human. Within the page you must include:
Scientific name (genus & species)
location where the primate is typically found
habitat the primate exploits
identifying physical characteristics
social organization & mate choice
observations made by you at the zoo on physical characteristics and behavior
Page 6 should include a discussion of how what you observed between the different primate types supports individual adaptation of species to differing habitats and how shared traits among the primates supports common ancestry and primate evolution as discussed in class.
Your paper must be typed. Double spaced (1.5 spacing is fine too). No cover sheet. Name, ANTH 101, and date in the upper left hand corner. Zoo Paper as the title. The final page should be a reference page with all research sources cited. This page is not included in the 6-10 page count for the paper. Your zoo ticket, receipt, or copy of membership card must be scanned or photographed and included for full credit — students who do not provide proof of attendance in the form of a copy of some proof of admission will receive no more than a maximum of 70% or a grade of “C” on the paper. You must include three photographs of primates from the zoo and three photographs of you at the zoo.