321 pages, 48 illus
The editors address the questions of life history and reproduction by attempting to isolate the various components of reproductive success and fitness in baboons. This requires assembling research interests in morphology, behavior, ecology, and endocrinology of the five subspecies of Papio baboons. By synthesizing studies of reproduction, life history, growth, parenting, ecology, mate choice, and mating success, this volume sheds light on general features of life history traits and reproductive strategies that have made baboons successful. These findings have broad applications to understanding the evolution of complex life history adaptations, such as those characteristic of other primates, and humans in particular. Many of the top researchers on the field are contributing to this volume.
From the reviews: "This book is generally successful in its goals, and lives up to its title, by compiling a good amount of recent research on reproductive behavior and life history in baboons, and their impact on reproductive success. While this book will clearly be of interest to graduate students and professionals engaged in social and ecological research on baboons, it would also be of considerable interest to students of evolutionary theory ! ." (Stephen R. Frost, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 15, 2008)
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