Comparative Primate Socioecology

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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, ...
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Overview

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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"..it 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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  • ISBN-13: 9780521593366
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/1999
  • Series: Studies in Biological Anthropology
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Preface
Pt. 1 Comparative methods 1
1 The comparative method: principles and illustrations from primate socioecology 5
2 Cladistics as a tool in comparative analysis 23
3 Phylogenetically independent comparisons and primate phylogeny 44
Pt. 2 Comparative life history and biology 71
4 Sociecology and the evolution of primate reproductive rates 73
5 Comparative ecology of postnatal growth and weaning among haplorhine primates 111
6 Some current ideas about the evolution of the human life history 140
7 The evolutionary ecology of the primate brain 167
8 Sex and social evolution in primates 204
9 Mating systems, intrasexual competition and sexual dimorphism in primates 241
Pt. 3 Comparative socioecology and social evolution 271
10 Lemur social structure and convergence in primate socioecology 273
11 Why is female kin bonding so rare? Comparative sociality of neotropical primates 300
12 Energetics, time budgets and group size 320
13 Ecology of sex differences in great ape foraging 339
14 Hominid behavioural evolution: missing links in comparative primate socioecology 363
15 Evolutionary ecology and cross-cultural comparison: the case of matrilineal descent in sub-Saharan Africa 387
Editor's conclusion: Socioecology and social evolution 406
Index 410
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