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Primate Adaptation and Evolution, Third Edition, is a thorough revision of the text of choice for courses in primate evolution. The book retains its grounding in the extant primate groups as the best way to understand the fossil trail and the evolution of these modern forms. However, this coverage is now streamlined, making reference to the many new and excellent books on living primate ecology and adaptation – a field that has burgeoned since the first edition of Primate Adaptation and Evolution.
By drawing out the key features of the extant families and referring to more detailed texts, the author sets the scene and also creates space for a thorough updating of the exciting developments in primate palaeontology – and the reconstruction through early hominid species – of our own human origins. This updated version covers recent developments in primate paleontology and the latest taxonomy, and includes over 200 new illustrations and revised evolutionary trees.
This text is ideal for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying the evolution and functional ecology of primates and early fossil hominids.
- Long-awaited revision of the standard student text on primate evolution
- Full coverage of newly discovered fossils and the latest taxonomy
- Over 200 new illustrations and revised evolutionary trees
Undergraduate and Post-graduate students studying the evolution and functional ecology of primates and early fossil hominids. Primatologists, Evolutionary Biologists, Palaeontologists. Physical Anthropologists, Social Scientists and the Lay Public
Chapter 1. Adaptation, Evolution, and Systematics
Taxonomy and Systematics
Chapter 2. The Primate Body
The Brain and Senses
The Trunk and Limbs
Growth and Development
Chapter 3. Primate Lives
A Primate Day
Why Primates Live in Groups
Primate Life Histories
Chapter 4. The Prosimians: Lemurs, Lorises, Galagos and Tarsiers
Subfossil Malagasy strepsirrhines
Adaptive Radiation of Malagasy Primates
Galagos and Lorises
Adaptive Radiation of Galagos and Lorises
Phyletic Relationships of Strepsirrhines
Chapter 5. New World Anthropoids
Primate Grades and Clades
Anatomy of Higher Primates
Adaptive Radiation of Platyrrhines
Phyletic Relationships of Platyrrhines
Chapter 6. Old World Monkeys
Adaptive Radiation of Old World Monkeys
Phyletic Relationships of Old World Monkeys
Chapter 7. Apes and Humans
Adaptive Radiation of Hominoids
Phyletic Relationships of Hominoids
Chapter 8. Primate Communities and Biogeography
Chapter 9. Primate Adaptations
Effects of Size
Adaptations to Diet
Primate Sensory Adaptations
Locomotion, Posture, and Ecology
Anatomical Correlates of Social Organization
Brains, Behavior, and Ecology
Adaptation and Phylogeny
Chapter 10. The Fossil Record
Molecular Dating of Phylogeny
Plate Tectonics and Continental Drift
Fossils and Fossilization
Chapter 11. Primate Origins
Euarchontans – Primates and Other Mammals
Adaptive Radiation of Plesiadapiforms
Plesiadapiforms and Primates
Primates Among the Archonta
The Adaptive Origin of Primates
Chapter 12. Fossil Prosimians
The First Modern Primates
Other Asian Adapoids
Azibiids, Djebelemurids, and Plesiopithecus: North African Stem Strepsirrhines?
Fossil Lorises and Galagos
Adapoids and Strepsirrhines?
Omomyoids, Tarsiers, and Haplorhines
Adaptive Radiations and Biogeography of Fossil Prosimians
Origin and Early Evolution of Primates
Chapter 13. Early Anthropoids
Early Anthropoids from Africa and Arabia
Eocene Anthropoids from Asia
Early Anthropoid Adaptations
Phyletic Relationships of Early Anthropoids
Prosimian Origins of Anthropoids
Chapter 14. Fossil Platyrrhines
The Platyrrhine Fossil Record
The Earliest Platyrrhines
The Patagonian Platyrrhines
A More Modern Community
Late Miocene Amazonian Monkeys
Summary of Fossil Platyrrhines
Chapter 15. Primitive Catarrhines and Fossil Apes
Middle-Late Oligocene Primitive Catarrhines from Arabia and Africa
Early and Middle Miocene ‘Apes’ from Africa
Phyletic Relationships of Proconsuloids and other African Miocene Apes
Phylogenetic Relationships of Western Eurasian Apes
Phyletic Relationships of Asian Apes
The Evolution of Living Hominoids
Evolution of Gibbons
Evolution of the Orangutan
Evolution of African Apes
The Biogeography of Ape Evolution
Chapter 16. Fossil Old World Monkeys
Victoriapithecids: The Earliest Old World Monkeys
Fossil Record of Cercopithecoids
Chapter 17. Fossil Hominins, the Bipedal Primates
Early Hominin Adaptations and Hominin Origins
Phyletic Relationships of Early Hominins
Hominin Evolution in Perspective
Chapter 18. Patterns in Primate Evolution
Primate Adaptive Radiations
Adaptation and Phylogeny
Patterns in Primate Phylogeny
Limiting Primate Extinctions
Appendix 1. Classification of the Order Primates
Genera in bold contain extant members
Chapter 1: Further Reading
Chapter 2: Further Reading
Chapter 3: Further Reading
Chapter 4: Further Reading
Chapter 5: Further Reading
Chapter 6: Further Reading
Chapter 8: Further Reading
Chapter 9: Further Reading
Chapter 10: Further Reading
Chapter 11: Further Reading
Chapter 12: Further Reading
Chapter 13: Further Reading
Chapter 14: Further Reading
Chapter 15: Further Reading
Chapter 16: Further Reading
Chapter 17: Further Reading
Chapter 18: Further Reading
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- © Academic Press 2013
- 28th March 2013
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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.
State University of New York, Stony Brook, United States
"...an indispensible reference and must-have textbook for students and scholars with an interest in the evolutionary history of the primates...Hats off to Fleagle for producing a superb book that every primatologist needs and only he could write."--The Quarterly Review of Biology, Primate Adaptation and Evolution, Third Edition
"Fleagle has revised and rewritten each chapter, redone all the tables, added many new figures, and replaced almost all the references. One of the changes is that he now uses a suite of criteria to estimate body mass from fossil skeletons, rather than the single formula he formerly used."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013
Reviews of the First Edition
"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."
"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."
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