Comparative Primate Socioecology / Edition 1

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Comparative studies have become both more frequent and more important as a means for understanding the biology, behavior, and evolution of mammals. Primates have complex social relationships and diverse ecologies, and represent a large species radiation. This book draws together a wide range of experts from diverse fields, such as reproductive biology and foraging energetics, to place recent field research into a synthetic perspective. The chapters tackle controversial issues in primate biology and behavior, including the role of brain expansion and infanticide in the evolution of primate behavioral strategies. The volume also presents an overview of comparative methodologies as applied to recent primate research.

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" will excite you if you are challenged to learn about variation in social behaviour in nature, and if you are captivated and puzzled by Darwin's (1859b) question to T. H. Huxley: 'what the devil determines each particular variation?'" The Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour 2000
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Preface; Part I. Comparative Methods: 1. The comparative method: principles and illustrations from primate socioecology A. MacLarnon; 2. Cladistics as a tool in comparative analysis K. Robson-Brown; 3. Phylogenetically independent comparisons and primate phylogeny A. Purvis and A. J. Webster; Part II. Comparative Life History and Biology: 4. Socioecology and the evolution of primate reproductive rates C. Ross; 5. Comparative ecology of post-natal growth and weaning among haplorhine primates P. C. Lee; 6. Some current ideas about the evolution of the human life history N. Blurton-Jones, K. Hawkes and J. O’Connell; 7. The evolutionary ecology of the primate brain R. Barton; 8. Sex and social evolution in primates C. van Schaik, M. A. van Noordwijk and C. L. Nunn; 9. Mating system, intrasexual competition and sexual dimorphism in primates J. M. Plavcan; Part III. Comparative Socioecology and Social Evolution: 10. Lemur social structure and convergence in primate socioecology P. Kappeler; 11. Why is female kin bonding so rare?: comparative sociality of neotropical primates K. Strier; 12. Energetics, time budgets and group size D. Williamson and R. Dunbar; 13. Ecology of sex differences in great ape foraging A. Bean; 14. The evolution of human behaviour and adaptation: missing links in comparative primate socioecology R. A. Foley; 15. Evolutionary ecology and cross-cultural comparison: the case of matrilineal descent in Sub-Saharan Africa R. Mace and C. Holden; Conclusion: socioecology and social evolution P. C. Lee; Index.

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