Primatology: species intuition

Primatology: species intuition

Posted in the Anthropology Forum


Clementon, NJ

#1 Mar 12, 2013
Primatology is the scientific study of primates. It is a diverse discipline and researchers can be found in academic departments of anatomy, anthropology, biology, medicine, psychology, veterinary sciences and zoology, as well as in animal sanctuaries, biomedical research facilities, museums and zoos.

Primatologists study both living and extinct primates in their natural habitats and in laboratories by conducting field studies and experiments in order to understand aspects of their evolution and behaviour.

Primatologists often divide primates into three groups for study: dominant females, females and young, and peripheral males (source: Wikipedia).

Primatologists study the natural behavior of monkeys and apes to understand how these animals' physical movements and group behavior parallel the environment-instinctual behavior of the intelligent Earth species that most resembles primate limb movements: the human species.

Primates use their limbs (arms, hands, feet, legs) similarly to humans, scurrying and grabbing objects and climbing places with perceptions of torso body balance and square-shaped body orientation.

In fact, relevant Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988) and "12 Monkeys" (1995) have explored imaginative primate symbols, perhaps because primatology offers intriguing movement clues regarding human-primate congruences.

Are they printing movie posters on hemp/recycled paper yet?

God bless!

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