Chimpanzee and Red Colobus: The Ecology of Predator and Prey, With a Foreword by Richard Wranghamby Craig B. Stanford, Richard W. Wrangham, Richard Wrangham
Our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, are familiar enoughbright and ornery and promiscuous. But they also kill and eat their kin, in this case the red colobus monkey, which may say something about primateeven hominidevolution. This book, the first long-term field study of a predator-prey relationship involving two wild primates, documents… See more details below
Our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, are familiar enoughbright and ornery and promiscuous. But they also kill and eat their kin, in this case the red colobus monkey, which may say something about primateeven hominidevolution. 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 chimpanzeesobservable in the park as nowhere elsehas 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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Table of Contents
|1||Primates as Predators and as Prey||1|
|2||An African Forest||23|
|4||Chimpanzees as Predators||61|
|5||Red Colobus Monkeys as Prey||95|
|6||Before the Attack||117|
|8||The Impact of Predation||163|
|9||Why Do Chimpanzees Hunt?||189|
|10||Predation and Primate Social Systems||211|
|App||Additional Data on Predator-Prey Ecology||237|
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