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.
- 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
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- 28th March 2013
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"...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 waitin