2Thinking Questions Did humans evolve from apes? tuds/svideos.htmlAre non-human primates portrayed accurately in media (TV, Tarzan, Planet of the Apes, King Kong, Curious George)?Why do you think tree-dwelling primates evolved an opposable thumb?How does the primate hand structure compare to that of other animal species?
3Why study non human primates? Fill in gaps in human evolutionary historyUnderstand how natural selection shapes behaviorExamine how ape behavior is like human behaviorChimpanzee- Jane GoodallGorilla- Dian FosseyOrangutan- Birute GaldikasWhy did these researchers study these type of primates instead of others?
4Primate Characteristics 65 million years agoWhen did humans (hominids) appear?4 million years agoEarth 4 billion years old166 species currently identifiedMost are tree dwellers (arboreal)Most are herbivores (eat fruit and leaves)Some are omnivores (eat anything)Different types of teeth?Most have 32 teethMolars, incisors, canines
5Primate Characteristics Pentadactyl?5 digits on hands and feetPrehensile hands & feet?m/video/animals/mammals- animals/monkeys-and- lemurs/gibbon_swinging/BrachiatingMobile, grasping with sensitive friction pads, nails, friction skin, opposable thumbBody Hair
6Primate Characteristics Retention of the clavicleUpright posture: bipedalismStereoscopic vision (3D vision)Eyes that look forward with overlapping visual fields evolution of retina for color visionEnclosure of eyes in a bony ring or socketReduction of olfactory apparatus, especially snout, reduces sense of smell
7Primate Characteristics Lengthened maturation period, low reproductive rateInfant dependency and gestation compared with most mammals, breast feedingLong life spanLarge, complex brain (cerebral cortex)Especially part concerned with vision, tactile inputs, muscle coordination, memory & learningHigh degree of socialization/video/animals/mammals- animals/monkeys-and- lemurs/monkey_rhesus/
9Difference from Humans What are some differences?Absence of tailLarger brainsSkeleton adapted for suspensory locomotion- short broad chests, dorsal scapulae, long arms, mobile wrists, elbows and shouldersVocal cords differs from humans, so inability to speak
10Primate Taxonomy Divided into two suborders: Prosimians: lemurs, lorises, tarsiersAnthropoids: New world monkeys, old world monkeys, apes/humans
11Apes vs. Monkeys What are some differences between apes and monkeys? Only a small number of types of apes, hundreds of types of monkeys.Apes are usually larger and heavier than monkeys.Apes have no tail.Apes have a more upright body posture than monkeys, and are often able to walk on 2 legs.Apes have a broad chest.Apes rely on vision rather than smell, and thus have shorter noses than some monkeys.Apes have a large brain to body size ratio compared with other animals.Apes only live in Africa and Asia (monkeys also live in South America).
13Prosimians Lemurs, Lorises, & Tarsiers Small to medium sized 38-65 million years“Furry”AborealWell developed olfactory apparatusLong muzzle with rhinarium (moist naked surface around nostrils- wet nose)Claws on some digitsTooth comb for foraging and groomingVision well developed but not fully stereoscopic
14Prosimians Lemurs Lorises Only found in Madagascar Diurnal Feed on leaves and fruitLive in structured groupsSaifaka, ringtailed, Indrii, mouse/dwarf lemursLorisesAfrica and South East AsiaSlow moving, eyes close togetherNocturnalHunts insectsSolitary
15Prosimians Tarsiers South East Asia- Borneo, Philippines Elongated ankle bones (tarsal) or foot bonesNocturnalEats insectsSmall in size, head, eyes, and ears largeRotate head 180 degreesSingle mated pair
16Anthropoids New World Monkeys Old World Monkeys Apes and Humans CharacteristicsNails on all digitsComplete bony eye socketExtensive thumb and big toe opposabilityLack of rhinarium (wet nose) and tooth comb
17New World MonkeysMarmoset, tamarin, capuchin, squirrel, night, uakaris, sakis, howler, spider monkey, wooleyWide flat nostrils and broad nasal septum38-50 million years36 teethMost have long prehensile tailsCompletely arboreal and diurnalCentral and South AmericaProminent skullsMore intelligentStereoscopic vision
18New World Monkeys Howler Monkey Loudest calls among primates (i.e. the name!!)Consequently, very low aggressive encountersArborealDiurnalRain forest habitatFeed mainly on leavesPrehensile tails (“grasping” appendage)
19New World Monkeys Squirrel Monkey Abundant food in leaves, fruits, flowers, and even insectsConsequently – widespread habitatSmallerArborealWhite face, dark eyesLong non-prehensile tails used for balance
20My Experience Primate Sanctuary mals-news/chimp-attack-video-missions-wcvin/Monkeys hate meanies
21Old World Monkeys- Cercopithecoidea Largest group of primatesAfrican in originNarrower noses with thinner nasal septum and downward facing nostrilsNo prehensile tails, presence of check pouches2 premolarsArboreal and terrestrialIschial callosities- Hardened area of skin serves as cushion (thickened, hairless, and often bright-colored skin on buttocks)Proboscis, Mandril, Rhesus macaque, Baboons
22Old World Monkeys- Cercopithecoidea Guenons (Blue Monkey)Small (12-20lbs)ArborealOmnivoresLive in troops of about 20 with one dominant maleLarger sexual dimorphism due to competition among mating malesNon-dominant males live solitary and will mate with wandering females of a troopLarge variation in facial patterns
23Old World Monkeys- Cercopithecoidea BaboonsLargest monkey species (80-150lbs)Adapted for walking on the ground (non-arboreal) using all 4 limbsClassic dimorphism…large difference btw male and female. Large muscles, long tail, large teeth and jaws…used only for aggressive “display”. Will actually stand and defend against predators!!Complex social organization…both male (“alpha”) and female have rankMales leave the troops around age 4, females stay (prevents inbreeding)Highly successful social speciesHairless “Ischial callosites” on their butts…bare callous to sit
24Japanese Macaque & Proboscis Monkey The mountain-dwelling Japanese macaque lives in the north of Honshū where there is snow-cover eight months of the year6/snow-monkeys-hot-springs-videoThe Proboscis monkeys needs his big snout to get attention from the ladies. It also amplifies his warning call when he spots a crocodile trying to sneak up on a wading female.ammals-animals/monkeys-and-lemurs/weirdest- proboscis-monkey/
27Lesser ApesLarger Brain, no tail, evolved from Old World Monkeys about 25 million years agoGibbons3 feet tall. Strictly arboreal, mostly herbivorous.Walk upright (bipedalism), but mostly move by Brachiation (“swinging). Can leap 20 feet and brachiate at 35 mph (fastest of all primates!!)Thumbs are small and useless. Hands are used like hooks for swinging quicklyMonogamous couples live with offspring (like human!!). Leaves the family after 6-8 years.Very little sexual dimorphism, due to low competition among malesNon confrontational, and due to their speed, are rarely preyed upon.
28Great ApesOrangutansFirst of the Great Apes to evolve (10 million years)Heaviest tree dwelling animal (arboreal) in the world (165lbs)Shy solitary animal, difficult to study naturally. Male and female socialize only to mate.Diet limited to hard to find fruits…better to be on you own!Can grasp with their feet
29Great Apes Gorillas Gorilla Talk Only discovered in the 19th century by European scientistsContrary to myth, gorillas are the shyest and gentlest of all primates, in spite of lbs body standing over 6 feet tall!!Live in small family groups of about One large dominant silver-back male leads the troop. Females move out after maturity (no inbreeding)Herbivorous – eats 70lbs of vegetation per day!!Cannot grasp with their feet….usually walk on all fours…NON-arboreal.Chest pounding may indicate threat, sexual arousal, play, frustration, or dominance.Yawning is a submissive gestureNo “rump pad” (ischial callosites) – need to sleep in soft nest of leavesThreat display: (usually accompanied with loud screams and roars)1. Bluff Charge: charge past adversary2. Rush Charge: charge and stop short3. Slam charge: slams directly into adversaryGorilla Talkanimals/apes/gorilla-talk-eorg/Dian Fossey: Gorilla in the Mist (1998)
30Great ApesBonobosUsed to be called pygmy chimps, but they’re not much smaller than chimpsSlimmer build, narrower shoulders, longer legs smaller headInhabit different areas in the wild, so they don’t mix with chimps.Enjoy water (unlike chimps)…also have small webbing between toes!Walk upright more easily than chimpsSociety dominated by females (unlike chimps!)Like humans, bonobos are sexually active all the timeLove, Not War: Sex is used to maintain harmony within the group!Sex is used to avoid aggression, reconcile, or relieve tension (even between same sex bonobos)Bonobo mom’s in chargeanimals/apes/chimp_bonobo_alphafemale/
31Great ApesChimpanzeeShare over 98% of human genes…share common ancestor.Jane Goodall, Gombe, Tanzania (1960)…witnessed tool use and carnivores60-90 lbs. Only 200,000 left in the wild.Usually NON-arborealUnlike baboons, males stay with the group while females migrate.Huge array of facial expressions and vocalizations (pant-hoot)Males hunt monkeys in groups, each with a specific role (driver, blockers, chasers, ambushers)Chimps at war: they may seek out and kill members of a different community…not eaten for food. Only primate (other than human) to commit “murder”. Suggested that it’s for territorial expansion…war???
32ToolsCriteria traditionally used to show the evolution of human intelligence.However, it no longer is used to determine intelligence because it is NOT linked with the development or complexity of the Central NS.It’s an adaptive mechanism for animals to get food rather than changing their physical morphology.We change our behaviors rather than our bodies (generalization rather than specialization)Crack nuts with rocksUse twigs to dig for termitesGoodall worked with chimpanzees for over 35 years. She has shown that chimps not only make and use tools, but display remarkable similarities to humans in terms of behavior. animals/apes/gorilla_lowland_tools/
33IntelligenceChimpanzees doing fractions? Language and math skills have long been thought to be solely human abilities, but an Ohio State University researcher has taught some chimpanzees to solve simple arithmetic problems. Primatologist Sally Boysen, who has been working with chimpanzees for many years, shows that the chimps are truly processing the information and not just learning by rote. Boysen's discoveries mean we may have to re- evaluate how we think about primate intelligence.Bonobo’s shaking head “no”als-news/bonobos-say-no-vin/
34CommunicationSince the 1940s, numerous scientists have tried to determine whether meaningful communication between humans and apes might be possible through the use of a symbolic language. Their results have often seemed promising on the surface. One very famous gorilla named Koko, for example, seems to have learned how to “speak” with American Sign Language. Dr. Francine Patterson spent almost two decades teaching American Sign Language to Koko, a lowland gorilla. Koko has a sign language vocabulary of over 600 words. Dr. Patterson and many other researchers believe that vocabulary development is one of the best indicators of intelligence.
35LearningReaching adulthood… No other species has a longer developmental period than humans do, but other primates are close behind.
36LearningThe investment in a long learning period and more intense parenting:Many animals learn by operant and classical conditioning. Primates spend much more effort on observational learning…watching another perform a behavior, then remembering what they see and trying it themselves in a safe setting.This process saves time and energy and also lowers the dangers associated with making a mistake in the wild.Taking advantage of what others in the group already know…building tradition (a collection of learned and socially transmitted behaviors)Evidence shows that the tendency to imitate is probably innate.
37Innate or Learned?Observational learning occurs primarily in primates, but otherwise is actually quite rare in the animal kingdom (although does occur in a few others, such as some mammals and birds)It is an efficient, fast, and safe way to function within your environment. The passing on of behaviors through generations may result in traditions.For most animals, it is innate (you’re born with it). These instinctive responses protect animals from danger.Lots of research still being done!! Nature versus nurture.
38Early ChildhoodDo you find parallels in human society to primate society?Do you think non-human primates have culture? If so, how is it passed from one generation to the next?Do you think peacemaking and cooperation is instinctive in primates or have they developed a system of mutual cooperation in which they will all benefit?Contact Comfort- touch, warmth, protective securityPeer Relations- social isolation led to over-aggressiveness, sexual inadequacy, rejection by others…also, rocking, swaying, self- mutilation…never learned to get along with others in a very social society.
39Mother DeprivationMotherless mothers would sit on the infant, throw it against the wall, or try to kill itInfants who were raised by mothers then separated from them became passive, sad, upset, tearful, and depressed (Anaclitic depression)Normal development was slowed down on all levels.How many of these findings can we generalize to humans?
40BehaviorBehaviors (aggression/courting) are species-specific from generation to generation.What do you think stimulate this behavior?Are behaviors environmental, seasonal, hormonal, temperature-dependent?Inherited behavior is stimulated by specific cues, which they call releasers or sign stimuliPower strugglels-news/gelada-monkey-takeover-vin/Chimps mourning deathmmals-animals/apes/zambia-chimpanzee-death- reaction-vin/
41Play May be social, exercise, or exploration. Costs; use energy, risk harmBenefits must outweigh costs…healthy development of the brain and nervous system. (Greater stimulation led to larger brain with more synapses.) Practice movements needed for survival…deer vs. mountain lion playing. Explore in safety. Practice social behaviors. Stimulates the development of the nervous system and thinking abilities. And maybe just for fun!mammals-animals/apes/chimp_baby/
42Pets or Zoos?Many species of primates are kept as pets by humans, the Allied Effort to Save Other Primates (AESOP) estimates that around 15,000 primates live as exotic pets in the United States. The expanding Chinese middle class has increased demand for primates as exotic pets in recent years. Pet trade was banned in the U.S. in 1975, but smuggling still occurs along the United States – Mexico border, with prices ranging from $3000 for monkeys to $30,000 for apes.Not recognized as an assist animal, but Capuchin monkeys' can be used to assist quadriplegic humans because their intelligence, memory, and manual dexterity make them ideal helpers.Primates are kept in zoos around the globe. Historically, zoos were primarily a form of entertainment, but more recently have shifted their focus to conservation, education and research. Many zoos now feature naturalistic exhibits and educational material for the public; in the United States many participate in the Species Survival Plan (SSP), developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), to maximize genetic diversity through captive breeding. Primates born in captivity cannot be released back into the wild because captive-born primates lack the knowledge and experience to survive in the wild if released. Second, zoos provide living space for primates and other animals threatened with extinction in the wild.
43Scientific Research or Space? The Great Ape Project (GAP) does not permit chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, and gorillas be used for animal experiments.Primates are used as model organisms in laboratories and have been used in space missions.Thousands of non-human primates are used around the world in research because of their psychological and physiological similarity to humans. In particular, the brains and eyes of primates more closely parallel human anatomy than those of any other animals. Primates are commonly used in preclinical trials, neuroscience, ophthalmology studies, and toxicity studies. Rhesus macaques are often used, as are other macaques, African green monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, squirrel monkeys, and marmosets, both wild-caught and purpose-bred. In 2005, GAP reported that 1,280 of the 3,100 primates living in captivity in the United States were used for experiments. In 2004, the European Union used around 10,000 primates in such experiments; in 2005 in Great Britain, 4,652 experiments were conducted on 3,115 primates. Governments of many nations have strict care requirements of primates kept in captivity. In the US, federal guidelines extensively regulate aspects of NHP housing, feeding, enrichment, and breeding. European groups such as the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments are seeking a ban on all primates use in experiments as part of the European Union's review of animal testing legislation.]
44ConservationThe International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists more than a third of primates as critically endangered or vulnerable. Common threats to primate species include deforestation, forest fragmentation, monkey drives (resulting from primate crop raiding), and primate hunting for use in medicines, as pets, and for food. Large-scale tropical forest clearing is widely regarded as the process that most threatens primates. More than 90% of primate species occur in tropical forests. The main cause of forest loss is clearing for agriculture, although commercial logging, subsistence harvesting of timber, mining, and dam construction also contribute to tropical forest destruction. In Indonesia large areas of lowland forest have been cleared to increase palm oil production, and one analysis of satellite imagery concluded that during 1998 and 1999 there was a loss of 1,000 Sumatran orangutans per year in the Leuser Ecosystem alone.Madagascar, home to five endemic primate families, has experienced the greatest extinction of the recent past; since human settlement 1,500 years ago, at least eight classes and fifteen of the larger species have become extinct due to hunting and habitat destruction. Among the primates wiped out were Archaeoindris (a lemur larger than a silverback gorilla) and the families Palaeopropithecidae and Archaeolemuridae.
45PoachingPrimates with a large body size (over 5 kg) are at increased extinction risk due to their greater profitability to poachers compared to smaller primates. They reach sexual maturity later and have a longer period between births. Populations therefore recover more slowly after being depleted by poaching or the pet trade.Data for some African cities show that half of all protein consumed in urban areas comes from the bushmeat rade. Endangered primates such as guenons and the drill are hunted at levels that far exceed sustainable levels. This is due to their large body size, ease of transport and profitability per animal. As farming encroaches on forest habitats, primates feed on the crops, causing the farmers large economic losses. Primate crop raiding gives locals a negative impression of primates, hindering conservation efforts.There are 21 critically endangered primates, 7 of which have remained on the IUCN's "The World's 25 Most Endangered Primates" list since the year 2000: the silky sifaka, Delacour's langur, the white-headed langur, the gray-shanked douc, the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey, the Cross River gorilla and the Sumatran orangutan. Miss Waldron's red colobus was recently declared extinct when no trace of the subspecies could be found from 1993 to A few hunters have found and killed individuals since then, but the subspecies' prospects remain bleak.animals/apes/gorillas-executed-congo-vin/