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John Fleagle has improved on his 1988 text by reconceptualizing chapters and by bringing new findings in functional and evolutionary approaches to bear on his synthesis of comparative primate data. This beautifully illustrated volume provides a comprehensive introductory text explaining the many aspects of primate biology and human evolution.
- Tables & Illustrations
- Adaptation, Evolution, and Systematics
- The Primate Body
- Primate Lives
- New World Anthropoids
- Old World Monkeys
- Apes and Humans
- Primate Communities
- Primate Adaptations
- The Fossil Record
- Primate Origins
- Fossil Prosimians
- Early Anthropoids
- Fossil Platyrrhines
- Fossil Apes
- Fossil Old World Monkeys
- Hominids, the Bipedal Primates
- Patterns in Primate Evolution
John Fleagle is a primatologist whose research combines field studies and functional morpho-logical analysis. He is interested in the adaptive radiation of primates during the last 50 million years. He has conducted paleobiological research in Egypt, Argentina, and Ethiopia and has studied living primates in Malaysia, Surinam, Brazil and Madagascar. Fleagle is a MacArthur Fellow. He is the author of the textbook Primate Adaptation and Evolution, and the Editor of Evolutionary Anthropology.
Reviews of the First Edition:
"Fleagle's book [...] is a tour de force as well as a tour d'horizon of the primate order [...] Fleagle's book fills a long-standing need for a comprehensive and up-to-date introductory text in its field."
"Just occasionally in academic life there comes together in one person research ability, industry, and the willingness to communicate. This is indeed the case for John Fleagle's textbook. An admirable book that deserves the success that it will undoubtedly achieve."
– Biology and Society
"Professional primatologists and students alike will be delighted with John Fleagle's Primate Adaptation and Evolution, which will brilliantly refresh any university reading list in the subject. For many university courses on primate biology, it will undoubtedly become a primary text."
– The Times Higher Education Supplement
"This is an excellent book on primate comparative anatomy, behavioral ecology, and paleontology."
– American Anthropologist
"John Fleagle has done it! Primate Adaptation and Evolution is the readable and "seeable," but still traditional, textbook that my students have been waiting for someone to write."
– American Journal Of Physical Anthropology
"This book will be welcomed with a sigh of relief in departments of anatomy and biological anthropology world-wide. Here at last is an up-to-date, comprehensive and reliable textbook for courses in primate and human evolution [...] It will, and should, stand as a major teaching resource for primate evolution for some years to come. It is an excellent text and a reflection of Fleagle's major contributions to our field."
– Primate Eye
"This volume is basically designed as an advanced undergraduate or graduate textbook but is so well illustrated and organized that it can also be used as a general source or reference for less specialized readers. No other single work can match the range of its topics, which matches the interests of its author, one of the leading students of primate paleontology, behavior, morphology, and evolution."