BIO312 - Primatology

Primatology is the scientific study of primates. Although one can approach primatology from varied disciplines (biology, anthropology, or psychology, for example), this course will take a biological perspective to the study of primates. Topics will include primate evolution (including human evolution), behavior, ecology, and conservation. Emphasis will be placed on reading and critiquing primary literature, and on proper scientific writing


History of primatology

What is a primate

Primate taxonomy

Non-human primate evolution

Human evolution

Primate behavior

Social organization

Mating systems


Diet and predation

Parental care

Cognition and intelligence

Tool use



Contact Info: Susan Margulis, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208