Chimpanzee And Red Colobus / Edition 1

Chimpanzee And Red Colobus / Edition 1

by Craig B. Stanford, Richard W. Wrangham
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674007220

ISBN-13: 9780674007222

Pub. Date: 12/01/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, are familiar enough--bright and ornery and promiscuous. But they also kill and eat their kin, in this case the red colobus monkey, which may say something about primate--even hominid--evolution. This book, the first long-term field study of a predator-prey relationship involving two wild primates, documents a six-year

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Our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, are familiar enough--bright and ornery and promiscuous. But they also kill and eat their kin, in this case the red colobus monkey, which may say something about primate--even hominid--evolution. This book, the first long-term field study of a predator-prey relationship involving two wild primates, documents a six-year investigation into how the risk of predation molds primate society. Taking us to Gombe National Park in Tanzania, a place made famous by Jane Goodall's studies, the book offers a close look at how predation by wild chimpanzees--observable in the park as nowhere else--has influenced the behavior, ecology, and demography of a population of red colobus monkeys.

As he explores the effects of chimpanzees' hunting, Craig Stanford also asks why these creatures prey on the red colobus. Because chimpanzees are often used as models of how early humans may have lived, Stanford's findings offer insight into the possible role of early hominids as predators, a little understood aspect of human evolution.

The first book-length study in a newly emerging genre of primate field study, Chimpanzee and Red Colobus expands our understanding of not just these two primate societies, but also the evolutionary ecology of predators and prey in general.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674007222
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
1Primates as Predators and as Prey1
2An African Forest23
3The Hunters41
4Chimpanzees as Predators61
5Red Colobus Monkeys as Prey95
6Before the Attack117
7Confrontation141
8The Impact of Predation163
9Why Do Chimpanzees Hunt?189
10Predation and Primate Social Systems211
11Conclusion231
AppAdditional Data on Predator-Prey Ecology237
References259
Acknowledgments285
Index289

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