600 pages, 165 illustrations
The purpose of New Perspectives in the Study of Mesoamerican Primates is to present a comprehensive overview of recent advances in primate field research, ecology, and conservation biology in Mesoamerica. The overall goal of each contribution is to integrate newly collected field data with theoretical perspectives drawn from evolutionary biology, socioecology, biological anthropology, and conservation to identify how our current knowledge of primate behavior and ecology has moved beyond more traditional approaches. A corollary to this, and an important goal of the volume is to identify geographical regions and species for which we continue to lack sufficient information, to develop action plans for future research, and to identify areas for immediate conservation action. Despite many decades of primate research in Mesoamerica, much is still unknown concerning the basic ecology and behavior of these species, demography, current distribution, and conservation status of local populations, and the effectiveness of conservation policies on primate survivorship. Four major areas of research are the focus of New Perspectives in the Study of Mesoamerican Primates: Evolutionary Biology and Biogeography; Population Demography and Ecology; Behavior; and Conservation and Management Policies.
"There has, until now, been no synthesis of what is known about Meso-American primates. Which is one of the reasons that New Perspectives in the Study of Mesoamerican Primates is so welcome [...] . Part of Springer's excellent Developments in Primatology series, the book's 43 authors cover a wide variety of topics, with a depth and breadth that will be of great use not only to current and future researchers working on primates in the region but form the bases for productive comparisons [...] ."
- Adrian A. Barnett, Primate Eye, October, 2006
"New Perspectives in the Study of Mesoamerican Primates is an interesting book covering a wide range of topics with reference to a selected group of primate taxa. It will be an important reference book for primatologists in general and especially for persons working with capuchins, howlers and spider monkeys. Moreover, the book should definitely be in libraries of Mesoamerica, accessible to the Latin American primatologists who, during the next several decades, will bear the responsibility of protecting and preserving them."
- E. Fernandez-Dugue, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 28, 2007
- Overview of the mesoamerican primate fauna, primate studies and conservation concerns
- Introduction: taxonomy and biogeography
- Taxonomy and distributions of Mesoamerican Primates
- The biogeographic history of Mesoamerican primates
- Introduction: population responses to disturbance
- Demographic features of Allouatta pigra populations in extensive and fragmented forests
- Population structure of black howlers (Alouatta pigra) in southern Belize in response to hurricane Iris
- The effects of forest fragment age, isolation, size, habitat type, and water availability on monkey density in a tropical dry forest
- Forest fragmentation and changes in the feeding ecology of black howlers (Alouatta pigra) from the Calakmul area in Mexico
- Incidence and intensity of intestinal parasitic infections in Alouatta pogra in tropical rainforest in Lacandona, Chiapa, Mexico
- Introduction: Behavior and Ecology
- Average body weight for mantled howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata): an assessment of average values and variability
- An exploratory analysis of developmental plasticity in Costa Rican mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata)
- Use of landmark cues to locate feeding sites in wild capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus): an experimental field study
- Leap, bridge, or ride? Ontogenetic influences in gap crossing in Cebus and Alouatta
- The effects of tropical dry forest seasonality on food choice by juvenlie capuchin monkeys (Cebus capucinus)
- Why be alpha male? Dominance and reproductive success in wild white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus)
- Post-conceptive mating in white-faced capuchins, Cebus capucinus: hormonal and sociosexual patterns of cycling, non-cycling and pregnant females
- Growth of a reintroduced spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) population on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
- Primates in agroecosystems: conservation value of some agricultural practices in Mesoamerican landscapes
- Promate populations in the protected forests of Maya archaeological sites in southern Mexico and Quatemala
- Mapping primate populations in theYucatan peninsula, Mexico: a first assessment
- A Metapopulation approach to conserving the howler monkey in a highly fragmented landscape in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico
- Quantifying fragmentation of black howler (Alouatta pigra) habitat after hurricane Iris (2001)
- New perspectives inthe study of mesoamerican primates: concluding comments and conservation priorities
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