Primate Adaptation and EvolutionBy
- John Fleagle, State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA
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. The Second Edition provides a foundation upon which students can develop an understanding of our primate heritage. It features up-to-date information gained through academic training, laboratory experience and field research. This beautifully illustrated volume provides a comprehensive introductory text explaining the many aspects of primate biology and human evolution.
Upper division undergraduates and beginning graduate students in anthropology and biology. Written for students with knowledge of basic biology and evolutionary theory who wish to examine the comparative anatomy, behavioral ecology, and paleontology of humans and their nearest relatives.
Hardbound, 596 Pages
Published: September 1998
Imprint: Academic Press
"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."
Reviews of the First Edition , --NATURE
"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."
"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."
"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."
- Tables & Illustrations.Preface.Adaptation, Evolution, and Systematics.The Primate Body.Primate Lives.Prosimians.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.Index.