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The Callicam
Observing Marmoset Behavior

WHY OBSERVE NONHUMAN PRIMATES?

Similar to humans, marmosets have a wide range of behaviors. As nonhuman primates are our closet relatives and so similar to us, we can learn a lot from them. We can gain new knowledge about their behavior just by watching them. Some nonhuman primates can be great models for human activity because they live in families, just like humans. nonhuman primates have always sparked our curiosity and imagination. Through observing primates we are given the chance to learn about ourselves and about behavior that is more typical of primates than other mammals.

COMMON QUESTIONS TO ASK

Some questions that are commonly asked in regards to observing marmosets that you might want to use are:

  • What are the main differences between juvenile and adult behavior?
  • Why do we call some behavior "play"?
  • How do the individuals in the group interact?
  • Which are the dominate male and female? Which are the subordinates?

MARMOSET BEHAVIOR

The common marmoset displays a fascinating range of behaviors, many of which you can observe on the Callicam.

ETHOGRAMS

An ethogram (a graph or chart of behavior) is used to compare certain behaviors that can be observed while watching the marmosets.

OBSERVATION EXERCISES

Written by Lissa Pabst.