Primates in Perspective

Primates in Perspective

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Primates in Perspective is the first edited volume to offer a comprehensive overview of primatology since 1987. Forty-four original essays--by fifty-nine leading researchers in the field today--provide wide-ranging and contemporary coverage of all of the major areas of primatology. Arranged in six sections, the text begins with an introduction to primatology and a review of the natural history of the major taxonomic groups within the Order Primates. It goes on to cover methodologies and research design for both field and captive settings; primate reproduction; primate ecology and conservation and their roles in the daily lives of primates; and such aspects of social behavior and intelligence as communication, learning, and cognition. The volume ends with an editorial and discusses the future of primatological research. Ideal for introduction to primate courses, Primates in Perspective can also be used in primate behavior and primate conservation courses. It is also an invaluable reference tool for primate researchers.
Features: BLIncludes authoritative works from fifty-nine leading researchers in primatology in all major areas of primate research BLPresents the most detailed coverage of contemporary research available today on non-human primates BLProvides extensive references--along with chapters on methodology and the future of primatology--that are invaluable to beginning researchers
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Product details

  • Paperback | 752 pages
  • 213.4 x 274.3 x 33mm | 1,474.19g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 35 halftones, 70 line illus.
  • 0195171330
  • 9780195171334
  • 1,092,043

Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; PART 1: BACKGROUND; 1. A Brief History of Primate Field Studies; 2. Primate Evolution; PART 2: THE PRIMATES; 3. The Lorisiform Primates of Asia and Mainland Africa: Diversity Shrouded in Darkness; 4. Lemuriformes; 5. Tarsiiformes; 6. Callitrichines: The Role of Competition in Cooperatively Breeding Species; 7. The Cebines: Toward an Explanation of Variable Social Structure; 8. Sakis, Uakaris, and Titi Monkeys: Behavioral Diversity in a Radiation of Primate Seed Predators; 9. Aotinae: Social Monogamy in the Only Nocturnal Haplorhines; 10. The Atelines: Variation in Ecology, Behavior, and Social Organization; 11. The Asian Colobines: Diversity Among Leaf-Eating Monkeys; 12. African Colobine Monkeys; 13. The Macaques: A Double-Layered Social Organization; 14. Baboons, Mandrills, and Mangabeys: Afro-Papionin Sociology in a Phylogenetic Perspective; 15. The Guenons (Genus Cercopithecus) and Their Allies: Behavioral Ecology of Polyspecific Associations; 16. The Hylobatidae: Small Apes of Asia; 17. Orangutans in Perspective: Forced Copulations and Female Mating Resistance; 18. Gorillas: Diversity in Ecology and Behavior; 19. Chimpanzees and Bonobos: Diversity Within and Between Species; PART 3: METHODS; 20. Research Design; 21. Advances in the Understanding of Primate Reproductive Endocrinology; 22. Molecular Primatology; PART 4: REPRODUCTION; 23. Life History; 24. Primate Growth and Development: A Functional and Evolutionary Approach; 25. Primate Sexuality and Reproduction; 26. Reproductive Cessation in Female Primates: Comparisons of Japanese Macaques and Humans; 27. Mate Choice; PART 5: ECOLOGY; 28. The New Era of Primate Socioecology: Ecology and Intersexual Conflict; 29. Primate Nutritional Ecology: Feeding Biology and Diet at Ecological and Evolutionary Scales; 30. Conservation; 31. Primate Seed Dispersal: Linking Behavioral Ecology with Forest Community Structure; 32. Predation; 33. Primate Locomotor Behavior and Ecology; PART 6: SOCIAL BEHAVIOR AND INTELLIGENCE; 34. Social Mechanisms in the Control of Primate Aggression; 35. Infant and Adult Interactions; 36. Postconflict Reconciliation; 37. Social Organization: Social Systems and the Complexities in Understanding the Evolution of Primate Behavior; 38. The Conundrum of Communication; 39. Cooperation and Competition in Primate Social Interactions; 40. Social Learning in Monkeys and Apes: Cultural Animals?; 41. Tool Use and Cognition in Primates; 42. Primate Self-Medication; 43. Ethnoprimatology: Contextualizing Human and Nonhuman Primate Interactions; 44. Where We Have Been, Where We Are, and Where We Are Going: The Future of Primatological Research
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This book provides the first extensive summary of primatological research since the 1987 book Primate Societies...Overall, this book contains many marvellous chapters that will inform primatologists and non-specialists about the variety in ecology, morphology and behaviour among primates. Mandy Korstjens The Primate Society of Great Britian This volume will likely find a place in most primatologists' libraries. It will serve well as a sourcebook for primatologists in both teaching and research contexts.
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