Seasonality in Primates

Studies of Living and Extinct Human and Non-Human Primates

Author: Diane K. Brockman,Carel P. van Schaik

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139445481

Category: Science

Page: N.A

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The emergence of the genus Homo is widely linked to the colonization of 'new' highly seasonal savannah habitats. However, until recently, our understanding of the possible impact of seasonality on this shift has been limited because we have little general knowledge of how seasonality affects the lives of primates. This book documents the extent of seasonality in food abundance in tropical woody vegetation, and then presents systematic analyses of the impact of seasonality in food supply on the behavioural ecology of non-human primates. Syntheses in this volume then produce broad generalizations concerning the impact of seasonality on behavioural ecology and reproduction in both human and non-human primates, and apply these insights to primate and human evolution. Written for graduate students and researchers in biological anthropology and behavioural ecology, this is an absorbing account of how seasonality may have affected an important episode in our own evolution.

The Primate Origins of Human Nature

Author: Carel P. Van Schaik

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119118190

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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The Primate Origins of Human Nature (Volume 3 in The Foundations of Human Biology series) blends several elements from evolutionary biology as applied to primate behavioral ecology and primate psychology, classical physical anthropology and evolutionary psychology of humans. However, unlike similar books, it strives to define the human species relative to our living and extinct relatives, and thus highlights uniquely derived human features. The book features a truly multi-disciplinary, multi-theory, and comparative species approach to subjects not usually presented in textbooks focused on humans, such as the evolution of culture, life history, parenting, and social organization.

The Evolution of Primate Societies

Author: John C. Mitani,Josep Call,Peter M. Kappeler,Ryne A. Palombit,Joan B. Silk

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226531732

Category: Science

Page: 728

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In 1987, the University of Chicago Press published Primate Societies, the standard reference in the field of primate behavior for an entire generation of students and scientists. But in the twenty-five years since its publication, new theories and research techniques for studying the Primate order have been developed, debated, and tested, forcing scientists to revise their understanding of our closest living relatives. Intended as a sequel to Primate Societies, The Evolution of Primate Societies compiles thirty-one chapters that review the current state of knowledge regarding the behavior of nonhuman primates. Chapters are written by the leading authorities in the field and organized around four major adaptive problems primates face as they strive to grow, maintain themselves, and reproduce in the wild. The inclusion of chapters on the behavior of humans at the end of each major section represents one particularly novel aspect of the book, and it will remind readers what we can learn about ourselves through research on nonhuman primates. The final section highlights some of the innovative and cutting-edge research designed to reveal the similarities and differences between nonhuman and human primate cognition. The Evolution of Primate Societies will be every bit the landmark publication its predecessor has been.


The Spark that Ignited Human Evolution

Author: Frances D. Burton

Publisher: N.A


Category: Science

Page: 231

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Fire and light, and their impacts on our earliest human ancestor, are the subjects of this innovative study of the development of the species.

Biological Anthropology

The Natural History of Humankind

Author: Craig Britton Stanford,John Scott Allen,Susan C. Antón

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 9780131828926

Category: Social Science

Page: 604

View: 8437


For undergraduate introductory physical anthropology, biological anthropology or human origins courses. The only book that integrates the foundations and the most current innovations in the field from the ground up. Over the past twenty years, this field has rapidly evolved from the study of physical anthropology into biological anthropology, incorporating the evolutionary biology of humankind based on information from the fossil record and the human skeleton, genetics of individuals and of populations, our primate relatives, human adaptation, and human behavior . Stanford combines the most up-to-date, comprehensive coverage of the foundations of the field with the modern innovations and discoveries. Praised by students! "I am an Information Technology and Science major at the Pennsylvania State College. I am taking a introductory course in Anthropology and use your textbook by Stanford. I wanted to thank you for an excellent introductory textbook. As I study for my final today I am amazed at how easy it is to read and how it keeps my attention with stories and interesting facts. Unlike my other introductory texts, it does not assume a prior knowledge of the material or grammar associated with the subject. My final exam is still difficult and covers 8 chapters in the book, but it has been a pleasure studying with your book unlike other texts I have had to read. Thank you again for a great book!" Andrew Puschak Pennsylvania State