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Primate Anatomy: An Introduction

By: Friderun Ankel-Simons

724 pages, Photos, illus, figs

Academic Press

Paperback | Feb 2007 | Edition: 3 | #163870 | ISBN-13: 9780123725769
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This book is unlike any other work on primates: it systematically reviews the biology of all living primates, including humans. It describes their bio-geographical information and provides crucial data pertaining to their body size, fur coloration external distinguishing features, habitat and basic life strategies.

Now in its third edition, Primate Anatomy discusses species that are new to science since the last edition with details concerning anatomical features among primates that were re-discovered. New research in molecular primatology is also included due to recent relevant findings in molecular biology in accordance with new technology. The basics of biological taxonomy are introduced, along with photographs of all major groups. Important new and controversal issues make this edition key for every primatologists, anthropologist, and anatomist.

...thanks to the concise and very informative style and numerous excellent illustrations, (this book) will not only be of great benefit to all naturalists, but equally so to the interested layperson. -NEUE ZURICHER ZEITMUG (Zurich, Switzerland) "The most outstanding features of the book are the sensible as well as critical documentation in combination with numerous excellent original figures. This small book, which is of high quality from the anatomical point of view deserves to be complimented by the paleontological viewpoint in a new editon." -EINFUHRUNG IN DIE PRIMATENKUNDE, L ANTHROPOLOGIE "...highly recommended to students of primatology and advanced physical anthropology as a tool for learning primate biology, since the writing is clear and simple and utilizes many key words over and over." -AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST


Taxonomic List of Extant Primates&lTaxonomy
History and Objectives
Definition of Order Primates
A Survey of Living Primates
Postcranial Skeleton
Sense Organs and Viscera
Placentation and Early Development
Reproductive Organs, Reproduction, and Growth
Chromosomes and Bloodgroups
Molecular Primatology
Conclusions with a Glance at the Future

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Dr. Ankel-Simons did her graduate studies in marine biology, marine ecology, and marine geology at the University of Copenhagen, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Elsinore, Denmark, and the University of Giessen, Germany. She was a member of the first research team to keep the folivore primate Alouatta palliata alive in captivity for a long term of several years at the Max Planck Institut for Brain Research, Giessen, Germany. Since 1996, she has been a Research Associate in the Division of Paleontology at the Duke University Primate Center. She has published three books and numerous journal papers.

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