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Primates in Perspective

Covers all aspects of primatology

By: Christina J Campbell (Editor), Agustín Fuentes (Editor), Katherine C MacKinnon (Editor), Simon K Beadrer (Editor), Rebecca M Stumpf (Editor)

868 pages, 16 plates with colour photos; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Jun 2010 | Edition: 2 | #186546 | ISBN-13: 9780195390438
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About this book

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. Primates in Perspective 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:
- Includes authoritative works from fifty-nine leading researchers in primatology in all major areas of primate research
- Presents the most detailed coverage of contemporary research available today on non-human primates
- Provides extensive references – along with chapters on methodology and the future of primatology – that are invaluable to beginning researchers

"This edition is geared more explicitly toward use as a teaching text, with a brief 'how to use this book' section for students and teachers, a few 'reading questions' at the beginning of each chapter, and a glossary in the back. More importantly, this edition includes completely new chapters on ecological methods, kinship, and juvenility. There are also total rewrites of several chapters, including those on tool use and behavioral data collection methods, and minor tweaks to other chapters, including welcome changes in terminology in the chapter on social systems and updates to the chapters in the second section based on newly published field studies. I found all of these changes to be improvements and think they make it a stronger volume than the first edition."
The Quarterly Review of Biology


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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