Description

For many years John Fleagle's text on the adaptation and evolution of primates and early hominoid fossils was the the text of choice for teachers and research workers alike. Now, as the only such work in print, this new edition brings this coverage up to date with the latest fossil finds and most current research. 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. But 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, Fleagle 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. Illustrated with many of the classic pictures from earlier editions - and whole new suite of illustrations, revised evolutionary trees and tables - this book remains the indispensible text on this fascinating subject.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

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

Table of Contents

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Preface

Chapter 1. Adaptation, Evolution, and Systematics

Adaptation

Evolution

Phylogeny

Taxonomy and Systematics

References

Chapter 2. The Primate Body

Primate Anatomy

Size

Cranial Anatomy

The Brain and Senses

The Trunk and Limbs

Soft Tissues

Growth and Development

References

Chapter 3. Primate Lives

Primate Habitats

Habitat Use

Activity Patterns

A Primate Day

Primate Diets

Locomotion

Social Life

Why Primates Live in Groups

Primate Life Histories

Primate Communities

References

Chapter 4. The Prosimians: Lemurs, Lorises, Galagos and Tarsiers

Strepsirrhines

Malagasy Strepsirrhines

Subfossil Malagasy strepsirrhines

Adaptive Radiation of Malagasy Primates

Galagos and Lorises

Adaptive Radiation of Galagos and Lorises

Phyletic Relationships of Strepsirrhines

Haplorhines

References

Chapter 5. New World Anthropoids

Primate Grades and Clades

Anatomy of Higher Primates

Platyrrhines

Pitheciids

Atelids

Cebids

Callitrichines

Adaptive Radiation of Platyrrhines

Phyletic Relationships of Platyrrhines

References

Chapter 6. Old World Monkeys

Catarrhine Anatomy

Cercopithecoids

Cercopithecines

Colobines

Adaptive Radiation of Old World Monkeys

Phyletic Relationships of Old World Monkeys

References

Chapter 7. Apes and Humans

Hominoids

Adaptive Radiation of Hominoids

Phyletic Relationships of Hominoids

References

Chapter 8. Primate Communities and Biogeography

Primate Biogeography

References

Chapter 9. Primate Adaptations

Effects of Size

Adaptatio

Details

No. of pages:
464
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780123786326
Electronic ISBN:
9780123786333

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 mil-lion years. He has conducted paleobiological research in Egypt, Argentina, and Ethiopia and has studied living primates in Malaysia, Surinam, Brazil and Madagascar. Fleagle is a MacArthur Fellow. He is the author of the textbook Primate Adaptation and Evolution, and the Editor of Evolutionary Anthropology.

Affiliations and Expertise

State University of New York, Stony Brook, USA

Reviews

"...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."
--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."
--AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST

"John Fleagle has done it! Primate Adaptation and Evolution is the readable and "seeable," but still traditional, textbook that my students have been waitin