Do you think there would ever be a time where primate societies become as complex as human societies?
In this module, we learned about the complexities of primate societies and that within any primate groups individuals representing different kinships, ranks, ages, and sexes often form alliances. Primates express themselves in a range of behaviors. According to our textbook on page 209, some of the obvious ones include “touching, hugging, mouthing, mounting, lip smacking, vocalizing, greeting, and grooming” I am curious to know if a primate society could eventually be as advanced to the levels of human society because they already live in complex societies. I am just curious to know what more could they be capable of? We learned that the underlying study of primate behavior is simple, natural selection favors primate behaviors that enhance survival and reproduction, but humans are so unique and can’t be defined in one definition. This chapter just got me thinking and made me curious about this.
Yes, I do believe this could happen.
Primates are more closely related to humans than any other animals on the planet. The human race started from primates, and over a long period of time, we evolved. We as a race and society have come such a long way and are constantly achieving, growing, and learning. There was a point in time where we lived completely differently than we do now. I think that if humans were able to get this far, primate societies can definetly follow behind. Author Mendes states that, “This means that we are related to other apes and that we are apes ourselves. And alongside us, the other living ape species have also evolved from that same common ancestor, and exist today in the wild and zoos.” This shows that we come from the same and can become the same.
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