The primate family tree: the amazing diversity of our closest relatives

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Firefly Books, Jun 13, 2008 - Nature - 176 pages
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Apes, monkeys, lemurs -- and other family members. The Primate Family Tree is a beautiful and comprehensive resource on the subject of our animal relatives. Readers will find an abundance of up-to-date facts, review the latest research and conservation efforts, and discover the remarkable characteristics that all primates -- including humans -- share. The book is structured according to the four main branches of the primate family tree and contains expert information on the natural history, characteristics and behavior of over 250 species, along with maps showing the ranges of the species. Some of the topics covered are: Definition of a primate Darwin's big idea, anthropological theories, DNA The structure of the primate family tree Distribution of species, including lorises and lemurs Diet, habitat, life cycles, social structure, communication Primate emotions Primates as "gardeners of the forest" Issues involving conservation, bush meat, civil war, habitat loss Primate tourism: Does it help or hurt? With its authoritative text, color photographs taken in the field, range maps and classification diagrams, The Primate Family Tree is a comprehensive reference on a subject that is vitally important to all humans.

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User Review  - susanbevans - LibraryThing

A beautifully illustrated guide to the worlds 270 or so species of living primates, The Primate Family Tree is wonderfully organized and easy to read. Contained within this slim volume is an ... Read full review

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Interesting rundown of our current family tree. Read full review


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Ian Redmond, a former field assistant to Dian Fossey, is a wildlife biologist with a passion for apes and elephants. He is the chief consultant for the UNEP/ UNESCO Great Apes Survival Project, and the founder of the Ape Alliance.Jane Goodall is a primatologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is renowned for her studies of chimpanzee social and family life in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, over 45 years.

JANE GOODALL was born in London on April 3, 1934 and grew up in Bournemouth, on the southern coast of England. In 1960 she began studying chimpanzees in the wild in Gombe, Tanganyika (now Tarzania). After receiving her doctorate in ethology at Cambridge University, Dr. Goodall founded the Gombe Stream Research Center for the study of chimpanzees and baboons. In 1975 she established the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation to promote animal research throughout the world.

Dr. Goodall is well known for her contributions to several stunning "National Geographic" films and has written six books for adults, including the bestseller "In the Shadow of Man."

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