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diversity of primate societies

express themselves socially

societies are complexly organized in which alliances are formed based on age, rank, and kinship

form various social relationships for the long term


explore the relationship between specific social behaviors and reproductive fitness


refers to social group that includes one adult male, several adult females, and their offspring


refers to a social group that includes one reproductively active female, several adult males, and their offspring


refers to a social group that include one adult male, one adult female, and their offspring

sexual dimorphism

-difference in body and canine size

-tends to be lower in groups where males disperse and compete with unrelated males


incites bonding between two members of social group

altruistic behavior

behavior that benefits other while causing a disadvantage to the acting individual

kin selection

altruistic behaviors that increase the donor's inclusive fitness and that of the donor's relatives

Key factors in primate female success

Qualityof Food - the food's ability to provide energy and proteins that are readily digestible

Distributionof Food - refers to the locations of food across the landscape

Availability of Food - refers to the quantity around, which is highly fluid due to seasonal changes and rainfall

Female reproductive strategies emphasize

caring for young and ensuring access to food

Describe some examples of learned behavior and cultural traditions among primates

ant fishing

cracking nuts