Primate Adaptation and Evolution

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Academic Press, Mar 8, 2013 - Science - 464 pages
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Primate Adaptation and Evolution, Third Edition, is a thorough revision of the text of choice for courses in primate evolution. The book retains its grounding in the extant primate groups as the best way to understand the fossil trail and the evolution of these modern forms. However, this coverage is now streamlined, making reference to the many new and excellent books on living primate ecology and adaptation – a field that has burgeoned since the first edition of Primate Adaptation and Evolution.

By drawing out the key features of the extant families and referring to more detailed texts, the author sets the scene and also creates space for a thorough updating of the exciting developments in primate palaeontology – and the reconstruction through early hominid species – of our own human origins. This updated version covers recent developments in primate paleontology and the latest taxonomy, and includes over 200 new illustrations and revised evolutionary trees.

This text is ideal for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying the evolution and functional ecology of primates and early fossil hominids.

  • Long-awaited revision of the standard student text on primate evolution
  • Full coverage of newly discovered fossils and the latest taxonomy
  • Over 200 new illustrations and revised evolutionary trees
 

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It is an interesting book. The wide scope covering most primate species. However certain aspects on habitats and niches should be broaden.

Contents

Chapter 1 Adaptation Evolution and Systematics
1
Chapter 2 The Primate Body
9
Chapter 3 Primate Lives
35
Lemurs Lorises Galagos and Tarsiers
57
Chapter 5 New World Anthropoids
89
Chapter 6 Old World Monkeys
119
Chapter 7 Apes and Humans
151
Chapter 8 Primate Communities and Biogeography
169
Chapter 14 Fossil Platyrrhines
291
Chapter 15 Primitive Catarrhines and Fossil Apes
311
Chapter 16 Fossil Old World Monkeys
345
Chapter 17 Fossil Hominins the Bipedal Primates
361
Chapter 18 Patterns in Primate Evolution
395
Glossary
411
Classification of the Order Primates
415
Index
421

Chapter 9 Primate Adaptations
181
Chapter 10 The Fossil Record
201
Chapter 11 Primate Origins
211
Chapter 12 Fossil Prosimians
229
Chapter 13 Early Anthropoids
265
IBC
425
Appendix 1 Primate Adaptation and Evolution
1
Appendix 2
3
Bibliography
41
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About the author (2013)

Dr. John Fleagle is a primatologist whose research combines field studies and functional morpho-logical analysis. He is interested in the adaptive radiation of primates during the last 50 mil-lion years. He has conducted paleobiological research in Egypt, Argentina, and Ethiopia and has studied living primates in Malaysia, Surinam, Brazil and Madagascar.
Fleagle is a MacArthur Fellow. In addition to authoring the textbook Primate Adaptation and Evolution, he is the Editor of Evolutionary Anthropology.

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