Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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A taxonomically related discipline that studies the biology of the mammalian order Primates. Although the subject matter is zoological, the membership of humans in the primates has led to this discipline being subsumed under anthropology in many universities and nations. Practitioners (primatologists) are found in biologically related disciplines such as anatomy, systematics, ecology, genetics, behavioral biology, physiology, and paleontology. Anthropologists originally became interested in primates for use as models of early human behavior, whereas psychologists sought to understand human behaviors through behavior present in our closest relatives.

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