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Primate adaptation and evolution
Fleagle, John G.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
San Diego : Academic Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 596 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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QL737.P9 F57 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

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.

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Choice Review

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. In the first part Fleagle introduces evolutionary biology, primate morphology, ecology, and behavior, followed by chapters on the major groups of living primates. In the second half, he treats in turn each group with a fossil record, from the earliest primates through humans; a final chapter looks at patterns of primate evolution: radiation, phylogeny, extinction. Fleagle has studied both living and extinct members of almost all primate subgroups, and his familiarity with the material is clear throughout. The sole cavil is with his systematic analyses, relatively weak only by comparison with the strenghts of functional morphology, adaptation, and overall interpretation. The dozens of drawings by Steven Nash are among the high points of the book; they include clear depictions of morphology, maps of primate distributions, graphs in many formats, reconstructions of fossil specimens, and, most striking perhaps, imaginative renderings of extinct primates in their vanished habitats. Highly recommended for all university libraries and required for science collections. -E. Delson, Herbert H. Lehman College, CUNY

Table of Contents

The Primate Body
Primate Life
New World Anthropoids
Old World Monkeys
Apes and Humans
Primate Adaptations
The Fossil Record
Archaic Primates
Fossil Prosimians
Early Anthropoids and Fossil Platyrrhines
Fossil Apes
Fossil Old World Monkeys
The Bipedal Primates
Patterns in Primate Evolution