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Primates of the world
Preston-Mafham, Rod.
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Paperback edition.
Publication Information:
London : Blandford, 1999.
Physical Description:
191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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Originally published: New York : Facts on File, c1992.

Includes index.
Introduction to the primates -- The prosimians and New World monkeys -- The Old World monkeys and the apes -- Reproduction and parental care -- Social behaviour -- Food and feeding -- Habitat and ecology -- Enemies and defence -- Primates and humans.
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Lemurs, monkeys, and apes: they're man's closest relatives, and their habitats are swiftly disappearing. See how they live in the wild, rear their young, establish social systems, and even communicate with each other.

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School Library Journal Review

YA-- A look at over 60 species and subspecies of lemurs, monkeys, and apes. The book details their social systems, breeding, habitats, food needs, communication styles as well as the primates' threatened relationship with humans in the life chain. Based on the most recent zoological research and filled with excellent photographs, this is a timely addition to science collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

The Preston-Mafhams' introduction to the primates lies somewhere between an animal-life encyclopedia and a textbook. Short chapters on anatomy, taxonomy, ecology, and behavior are illustrated with superb photographs. The writing is aimed at a popular audience and is nontechnical at the adult or senior high school level. (Some references to British usage and vocabulary will be lost on readers on this side of the Atlantic.) Treatment of all topics is at the surface and without references to published work; thus, it is of little use as a reference for students beyond early high school. Descriptions of behavior are anthropomorphic and give little appreciation of the evolutionary significance of behaviors (or anatomy). The authors fail to indicate the major areas of controversy, especially in terms of interpretation of the lower primates' relation to human beings. The production of the book is very good with quality printing of the excellent photographs. The very small type will be difficult for mature readers. T. C. Williams; Swarthmore College