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Primate Diversity

Primate Diversity - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393974287

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ISBN13: 978-0393974287
ISBN10: 0393974286
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
Published: 2000
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Primate Diversity - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0393974287

Dean Falk

ISBN13: 978-0393974287
ISBN10: 0393974286
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Primate Diversity successfully synthesizes a thorough look at current primatology research while providing a careful examination of a variety of species. This well-written, accessible text offers an extensive introduction to the field, its methods, and the animals themselves.

Highlights of Primate Diversity
Balanced, Integrated Presentation
A balanced and in-depth introduction to primatology, Primate Diversity includes solid coverage of primate evolution, ecology, and behavior, without overwhelming students with topics and details that are too technical for an undergraduate audience.


Special Materials Highlighting Current Research
"In the Field" boxes featuring a researcher and his or her fieldwork provide interesting first-person accounts of particular primate behaviors and research techniques, and give students a behind-the-scenes look at how primate researchers do their work.


"Neural Notes" boxes discuss current research on how primate brains function. Topics include how primate brains differ from those of other mammals, just how "smart" monkeys and apes really are, the neurological basis of smell, and brain evolution in Old World monkeys.


Practical Pedagogy
Primate Diversity includes several elements that help students get the most out of their reading: Content outlines begin each chapter; key terms are highlighted when first used and are included in a glossary at the end of the text; and every chapter contains several "Review Question" sections (in the margin) that highlight key concepts and facts for the reader. Answers
to the Review Exercises are available in PDF format. Viewing requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Author Bio

Falk, Dean : University at Albany / University of Vienna

Dean Falk is professor of anthropology at the University at Albany and honorary professor of human biology at the University of Vienna. Since receiving her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1976, her research has focused on early hominids, brain evolution, comparative neuroanatomy, and cognitive evolution (including language origins). Research on cranial blood flow and australopithecine endocasts led Falk to develop the "radiator theory" of brain evolution and to question the conventional interpretations of certain fossils. Falk is the author of Braindance: New Discoveries about Human Origins and Brain Evolution (1992).

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction

1 The Basics of Primate Evolution
2 Methods and Theory for Studying Living Primates
3 Galagos, Lorises, and Tarsiers
4 Lemurs
5 Monkeys of the New World: The Callitrichines
6 Other Neotropical Monkeys
7 Old World Monkeys: The Leaf-Eating Colobines
8 Old World Cheek-Pouched Monkeys: The Shift to Terrestriality
9 Macaques and Savanna Baboons: Sexual Politics and Human
Evolution
10 Gibbons: The Lesser Apes
11 Orangutans: The Shy Ape
12 Gorillas: The Largest Primates of All
13 Our Cousins: The Chimpanzees
14 The Earliest Hominids

Epilogue
Glossary
Bibliography
Index