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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

The first edition of this book (CH, Mar'89) was a universal success as a resource for courses on both living primates and the evolution of the order. Fleagle is one of the few active scholars undertaking significant research in both areas, and his writing style communicates the fascination and excitement of the field. The text is complemented by an increased number of superb illustrations. This revision is a major update of the whole work, especially the fast-moving area of paleoprimatology. Four surveys of modern primates follow three background chapters on systematics, morphology, behavior, and ecology. A new discussion of community structure complements one on adaptations (involving size, diet, and locomotion). Eight chapters survey fossil primates in terms of both their own adaptations and their relationships to each other and to living species. The sections on early anthropoids, New World monkeys, and Homo are expanded to reflect new finds and interpretations. The only gap is the lack of discussion of molecular studies of primate relationships (and adaptations). The combination of this book and Noel Rowe's recent photographic survey The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates (CH, Dec'97) makes an unbeatable combination for every academic library. Highly recommended. General readers; undergraduates through faculty. E. Delson; CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College

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