studying primate behavior

studying primate behavior

After watching the lectures, videos and completing the readings, how do you think studying primate behavior can contribute to our understanding

After watching the lectures, videos and completing the readings, how do you think studying primate behavior can contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human? Do you think that we are more similar to any specific group of primates? Many scientists have argued that behaviorally we are most similar to chimpanzees, with their aggressive interactions and dominance hierarchies, while others have posited that we are more similar to bonobos who have a more peaceful way of resolving conflicts. What do you think? And again, what do you think the value is in even asking such a a question?
As I hope you have learned, primates are very intelligent animals. But how does their intelligence compare to ours? How do we define intelligence and what behaviors can we use to assess an animal’s intelligence? What did you find surprising in what you learned about primates these past couple of weeks?

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