Primates at Arcadia

  Week 5: Primates Lecture Primates are any member of the group of animals that includes human beings, apes, and monkeys. Apes are closely related to monkeys and humans, they are covered in hair and have no tail or a very short tail. Monkeys are smaller, with tails. Some are prehensile and some are not. … Continue reading “Primates at Arcadia”

Week 8: Comparative Osteology

Physical anthropologists rely on osteology, or the scientific study of bones, to identify individual species, learn about the lives of an individual, or even to identify ancient illnesses (aka paleopathology). The skeletal features of bones reflect the life histories of individuals, and trained osteologists can use those features to identify the age, sex, diet, and, … Continue reading “Week 8: Comparative Osteology”

Week 5: Meddling Monkeys Scavenger Hunt

One of the ways that physical anthropologists learn about people is to study our nearest living relatives – primates. Primates include any member of the group of animals that includes human beings, apes, and monkeys. Learning about how primates navigate their world helps us understand the challenges and survival strategies that humans had to face … Continue reading “Week 5: Meddling Monkeys Scavenger Hunt”