Primate Adaptation and Evolution

Primate Adaptation and Evolution

4th Edition - November 1, 2022

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  • Authors: John Fleagle, Andrea Baden, Christopher Gilbert
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128158098

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Primate Adaptation and Evolution, Fourth Edition provides key features of extant families and references to more detailed texts. The book sets the scene and creates space for a thorough updating of exciting developments in primate paleontology and a reconstruction through early hominid species of our own human origins. This updated version covers recent developments in primate paleontology, the latest taxonomy, and includes new visuals, including helpful illustrations and evolutionary trees. It is an ideal text for undergraduate and post-graduate students studying the evolution and functional ecology of primates and early fossil hominids. The book retains its grounding in the extant primate groups as the best way to understand the fossil trail and evolution of these modern forms. However, this coverage is now more streamlined, referring to the many new and excellent books on living primate ecology and adaptation - a field that has burgeoned since this book's first publication.

Key Features

  • Includes over 200 new illustrations and revised evolutionary trees
  • Offers the latest information on primate physiology, isotopes and genetics
  • Discusses life history and dispersal patterns among species
  • Provides new genera and data on the behavior and ecology of New World monkeys
  • Presents the newest fossil discoveries, including platyrrhine and primitive catarrhine origins


Undergraduate and graduate students studying the evolution and functional ecology of primates and early fossil hominids, as well as primatologists, evolutionary biologists, palaeontologists, physical anthropologists, and social scientists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Adaptation, Evolution, and Systematics
    2. The Primate Body
    3. Primate Lives
    4. The Prosimians – Lemurs, Lorises, Galagos, and Tarsiers
    5. New World Anthropoids
    6. Old World Monkeys
    7. Apes and Humans
    8. Primate Communities and Biogeography
    9. Primate Adaptation
    10. The Fossil Record
    11. Primate Origins
    12. Fossil Prosimians
    13. Early Anthropoids
    14. Fossil Platyrrhines
    15. Primate Catarrhines and Fossil Apes
    16. Fossil Old World Monkeys
    17. Fossil Hominins – Bipedal Primates
    18. Patterns in Primate Evolution

Product details

  • No. of pages: 466
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2022
  • Published: November 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128158098

About the Authors

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

Andrea Baden

Affiliations and Expertise

Ramapo College of New Jersey, New Jersey, United States

Christopher Gilbert

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Human Services Department, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, New Jersey, United States

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