primatology

noun
pri·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy | \ ˌprī-mə-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce primatology (audio) \

Definition of primatology

: the study of primates especially other than recent humans (Homo sapiens)

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Other Words from primatology

primatological \ ˌprī-​mə-​tə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce primatological (audio) \ adjective
primatologist \ ˌprī-​mə-​ˈtä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce primatologist (audio) \ noun

Examples of primatology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past six decades, the now 85-year-old English researcher has revolutionized the entire field of primatology. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Immerse Yourself in Jane Goodall’s Wondrous, Chimpanzee-Filled Life," 8 Jan. 2020 The sociobiologist Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, for instance, found that previously established conclusions in primatology research were upended when women began entering the field and spotting the biases of previous (white, male) researchers. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "Female Scientists Are Bearing the Brunt of Quarantine Child-Rearing," 22 May 2020 The multidisciplinary team effort has involved articulatory and acoustic modeling, child language research, paleontology, primatology and more. Louis-jean Boë, The Conversation, "Examining how primates make vowel sounds pushes timeline for speech evolution back by 27 million years," 11 Dec. 2019 Professor Zhang taught courses on primatology and ecology in the school’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology, taking students on field trips to study monkeys. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Chinese Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Is Barred From Teaching," 12 July 2018 But the university dealt with the initial complaint against Zhang, a rising star in primatology who is about 40, through low-key, internal discipline. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, "Chinese professor accused of sexual harassment is barred from teaching," 13 July 2018 But the university dealt with the initial complaint against Professor Zhang, a rising star in primatology who is about 40, through low-key, internal discipline. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "Chinese Professor Accused of Sexual Harassment Is Barred From Teaching," 12 July 2018 The monkey island was the brainchild of several scientists—notably Clarence Ray Carpenter, considered by many to be the grandfather of American primatology. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, "Rescuing Puerto Rico's Monkey Island," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of primatology

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for primatology

primate + -o- + -logy

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The first known use of primatology was in 1926

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24 Aug 2020

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“Primatology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/primatology. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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primatology

noun
pri·​ma·​tol·​o·​gy | \ -ə-jē How to pronounce primatology (audio) \
plural primatologies

Medical Definition of primatology

: the study of members of the order Primates especially other than recent humans (Homo sapiens)

Other Words from primatology

primatological \ -​mət-​ə-​ˈläj-​i-​kəl How to pronounce primatological (audio) \ adjective

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