In this long-awaited book, Stuart Altmann presents the results of one of the most intensive investigations ever carried out on foraging behaviour and its consequences for survival and reproduction. Perhaps the most striking result of the ten year study is that the baboon's subsequent survival and reproductive success could be accurately predicted from what they had eaten as yearlings. Those that had energy intakes closest to the optimum and protein intakes farthest above their requirements were most liekly to survive to adulthood and to successfully produce offspring.
Acknowledgments 1: Introduction 2: Eclectic Omnivory 3: Methods 4: Dietary Diversity 5: Adequate and Optimal Diets 6: Real versus Ideal Diets 7: Individual Differences and Age Changes 8: From Food to Fitness 9: Why Be Choosy? 10: How to Be an Eclectic Omnivore App. 1: Primate Nutrient Requirements and Toxin Limits App. 2: Alternative Definitions of Feeding Bouts App. 3: Survival Analysis of Bout Lengths App. 4: Observational Censoring of Feeding Bouts App. 5: Composition of Foods App. 6: Maximizing Rates, Michael A. Altmann App. 7: Procedure for Maximizing Rates App. 8: Seasonal Adjustments App. 9: Estimation of Individual Milk Intakes App. 10: Calculating Intakes of Individuals at Specified Ages Tables Notes Literature Cited Index Abbreviations for the Fifty-two Core Foods