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The New World Primates: Adaptive Radiation and the Evolution of Social Behavior, Languages, and Intelligence

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Series: Princeton Legacy Library

By: Martin Moynihan (Author)

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Mar 2015 | #222211 | ISBN-13: 9780691617268
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Hardback | May 2016 | #227988 | ISBN-13: 9780691644417
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Hardback | Dec 1976 | #67578 | ISBN: 0691081689
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A reprint of a classical work in the Princeton Legacy Library, originally published in 1976.

The New World primates have radiated widely in tropical America, evolving a variety of adaptations to cope with different ways of life. This comparative survey examines many species. Some are highly specialized in unique ways; others have paralleled the lemurs of Madagascar or the monkeys and apes of Africa and Asia. The author's emphasis is on natural history, behavior, and ecology. Topics include geographical distributions, habitat preferences, territorial arrangements, activity rhythms, feeding techniques, defense mechanisms, and competition and cooperation among individuals of the same species. Much of the material is new, based on recent research in the field. Social reactions and organizations, and communication systems, are discussed in order to consider their implications for the evolution of primates in general and the development of languages and intelligence.


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