Your task is to explore a primate hand features and explain how that primate hand feature enhance fitness.

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Webquest: Primate Hand Features

Introduction

The primary features that define primates as a taxonomic order are mainly found in the skull and on the hands and feet. The reason for this has to do with the fact that the hands and feet and the head are the areas of the body that interact with the environment the most and as such are are subject to the greatest amount of selective pressures.

Nails, opposable thumbs, friction ridges among other are anatomical features that have been selected for within the primate lineage and assist in the survivability of young primates.

What you are doing

Your task is to explore a primate hand features and explain how that primate hand feature enhance fitness.

Before you begin your task make sure you do the following things

Read lecture notes on primate taxonomy and chapter 6

What you have to do for points

Make sure you answer all of the following questions for full points.

    1. What does the arboreal hypothesis suggest about the reason why primates have unique hand features?
    2. Explain how primate hand features increase fitness and give one example. When writing about your example name the hand feature that you have chosen and explain clearly why it increase fitness in a tree environment.
      1. As part of your response include a definition of fitness in your own words.
    3. Conjecture what would happen if a primate infant did not possess your chosen primate hand features. Answer this question with the survivability of the infant in mind.
    4. You will need to cite your work.

Tips for success

  • Please keep your answer to only what is asked in the assignment.
  • I recommend composing your content offline in a text editor and then copy and paste the text into your reply post. If something happens you will have an offline copy of all of your hard work!
  • I highly recommend using Google Docs (Drive) to compose offline, as Google plays well with web-based forums. If you are using Microsoft Word to compose offline, you may need to do some editing to the format when you paste it into the reply.
  • Criteria Ratings Pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
    Objectives – to understand primate hand features as adaptations to an arboreal environment.

    Student will be able to explain the importance of the arboreal hypothesis in explaining primate hand features

    2.0 pts

    No Description
    Student explained the arboreal hypothesis and how it relates to primate hand features.

    1.0 pts

    No Description
    Student partially explained the arboreal hypothesis and how it relates to primate hand features.

    0.0 pts

    No Marks
    Student did not explain what the arboreal hypothesis is or its importance to hand features

    2.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
    Objectives – to understand primate hand features as adaptations to an arboreal environment.

    Student will explain how primate hand features increase fitness and give one examples.

    2.0 pts

    No Description
    Student explained in their own words what fitness means.

    1.33 pts

    No Description
    Student partially explained in their own words what fitness means.

    0.0 pts

    No Marks
    Student made no attempt at explain the concept of fitness.

    2.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
    Objectives – to understand primate hand features as adaptations to an arboreal environment.

    Student will be able to explain the importance of the arboreal hypothesis in explaining primate hand features

    3.0 pts

    No Description
    Student was able to explain how primate hand features increase fitness and gave one example of a primate hand feature that clearly increase fitness in a tree environment.

    1.5 pts

    No Description
    Student explained how primate hand features increase fitness but did not give an example that showed how primate hand features increase fitness.

    0.5 pts

    No Description
    Student did not explain how primate hand features increase fitness.

    0.0 pts

    No Marks
    Student made no attempt at explaining how primate hand features increase fitness.

    3.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
    No Description

    Student will cite their work.

    2.0 pts

    Full Marks
    Student was able to explain what would happen to the fitness of an individual if a primate infant did not possess student’s chosen primate hand features.

    0.0 pts

    No Marks
    Student did not explain what would happen if a primate infant lacked primate hand features.

    2.0 pts
    This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome
    No Description

    Student will cite their work

    1.0 pts

    Full Marks
    Student fully cited their work.

    0.0 pts

    No Marks
    Student did not cite their work.

    1.0 pts
    Total Points:
    10.0

    I expect at least 90%. Thank you.


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