Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Primate Behavior

Area within primatology that studies the behavior of the members of the Order Primates. There are three basic approaches:

1. study of behavior (and in recent times, ecology) of a species for its own sake. This approach is conducted in the field and is usually done by zoologists and anthropologists.

2. studying a model organism, usually in a laboratory, to deduce the evolution of human behavior; this type of study is usually done by psychologists.

3. studying free-ranging primates as models for early hominid behavior; this approach is often strongly tied to ecology and is done primarily by anthropologists.

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