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Primate Adaptation and Evolution - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780080492131

Primate Adaptation and Evolution

2nd Edition

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Author: John Fleagle
eBook ISBN: 9780080492131
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st September 1998
Page Count: 596
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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. 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.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Provides up-to-date information about many aspects of primate biology and evolution

  • Contains a completely new chapter on primate communities
  • Presents totally revised chapters on primate origins, early anthropoids, and fossil platyrrhines
  • Includes an updated glossary, new illustrations, and a revised Classification of Order Primates
  • Succeeds as the best introductory text on primate evolution because it synthesizes and allows access to primary literature


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.

Table of Contents

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.


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21st September 1998
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About the Author

John Fleagle

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. Dr. Fleagle is a MacArthur Fellow.

Affiliations and Expertise

State University of New York, Stony Brook, United States


@from:Reviews of the First Edition @qu:"Fleagle's 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." @source:--NATURE @qu:"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." @source:--BIOLOGY AND SOCIETY @qu:"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." @source:--THE TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT @qu:"This is an excellent book on primate comparative anatomy, behavioral ecology, and paleontology." @source:--AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST @qu:"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." @source:--AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY @qu:"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." @source:--PRIMATE EYE @qu:"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." @source:--CHOICE

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