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Primate Behavior and Human Origins

By: Glenn E King(Author)

445 pages, 60 b/w photos, 5 tables


Paperback | Nov 2015 | #225669 | ISBN-13: 9781138853171
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Hardback | Nov 2015 | #225668 | ISBN-13: 9781138853164
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About this book

Primate Behavior and Human Origins provides a comprehensive overview of primate behavior. As well as covering common features and diversity, it demonstrates the theoretical perspectives and concepts that are applied to primate behavior, and explores the relevance of non-human primates to understanding human behavior. King uses a streamlined and student-friendly taxonomic framework and touches on areas of ecology, sociality, life history, and cognition. Text boxes are included throughout the discussion to ensure additional attention is given to controversial topics, anatomy related to behavior, and more sophisticated taxonomy. Primate Behavior and Human Origins contains a wealth of illustrations, figures and tables, and further resources are available via a companion website.



1. The Primates: Meet Your Relatives
2. The Study of Primate Behavior
3. Primate Ecology and Behavior: Common Features
4. The Strepsirrhine Suborder
5. The Lorisiform Infraorder: Strepsirrhines in the Dark
6. Lorisiform Variation: Leapers and Creepers
7. The Lemuriform Infraorder: Island Refuge
8. Lemuriform Variation: The Night Life
9. Lemuriform Variation in the Light of Day
10. The Tarsioid Suborder: Common Features and Variation
11. The Anthropoid Suborder: Monkeys and Apes
12. The Platyrrhine Infraorder: New World Monkeys
13. Platyrrhine Variation: Atelids and Pitheciids
14. Platyrrhine Variation: Cebids
15. Cebines: Squirrel Monkeys and Capuchins
16. The Catarrhine Infraorder: Old World Monkeys and Apes
17. The Cercopithecoid Superfamily: Old World Monkeys
18. Cercopithecoid Variation: Leaf Eaters and Cheek Pouchers
19. A Cercopithecine Tribe: the Guenons
20. A Cercopithecine Tribe: the Papionins
21. Genus Papio: the Real Baboons
22. The Hominoid Superfamily: Apes Small and Large
23. Great Apes of Asia: Orangutans
24. Great Apes of Africa: Gorillas
25. Great Apes of Africa: Common Chimpanzees
26. Bonobos: Lightweight Chimpanzees
27. Human Origins: the Last Common Ancestor
28. Early Hominin Evolution: the Australopiths
29. Our Evolutionary Heritage:The Primate in Us
30. Primate Conservation: Will Any Be Left?

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Glenn E. King is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University, USA.

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