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Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

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Overview

Gorillas, one of our closest living relatives, are the largest living primates, and teeter on the brink of extinction. This study offers the first comparative perspective on gorilla populations throughout their natural range, and covers all known subspecies. Discussing phylogeny, evolution, functional morphology, behavioral ecology and conservation biology, this multidisciplinary work will be essential reading for primatologists, anthropologists, animal behaviorists and evolutionary biologists.

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"Much new data and analysis, and new research questions for the next generation of scholars. Highly recommended." Choice
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Meet the Author

Andrea Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Community & Family Medicine and Biological Anthropology & Anatomy at Duke University.

Michele Goldsmith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Preface Andrea B. Taylor and Michele L. Goldsmith; Acknowledgements; Part I. Gorilla Taxonomy and Comparative Morphology: 1. Gorillas: how important, how many, how long? Russell H. Tuttle; 2. A history of gorilla taxonomy Colin P. Groves; 3. Patterns of diversity in gorilla cranial morphology Rebecca M. Stumpf, John D. Polk, John F. Oates, William L. Jungers, Christopher P. Heesy, Colin P. Groves and John G. Fleagle; 4. The hierarchy of intraspecific craniometric variation in gorillas: a population-thinking approach with implications for fossil species recognition studies Gene H. Albrecht, Bruce R. Gelvin and Joseph M. A. Miller; 5. Morphological differentiation of Gorilla subspecies Steven R. Leigh, John H. Relethford, Paul B. Park and Lyle W. Konigsberg; 6. Ontogeny and function of masticatory form in Gorilla: functional, evolutionary and taxonomic implications Andrea B. Taylor; 7. Ontogenetic variation in Gorilla postcranial morphology Sandra E. Inouye; Part II. Molecular Genetics: 8. Gorilla systematics, taxonomy and conservation in the era of genomics Oliver A. Ryder; 9. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA estimates of divergence between western and eastern gorillas Michael I. Jensen-Seaman, Amos S. Dienard and Kenneth K. Kidd; 10. Genetic studies of western gorillas Stephen L. Clifford, Katherine A. Abernethy, L. J. T. White, Caroline E. G. Tutin, M. W. Bruford and E. Jane Wickings; Part III. Behavioral Ecology: 11. Behavioral ecology Caroline E. Tutin; 12. Gorilla social relationships: a comparative overview David P. Watts; 13. Within-group feeding competition and socioecological factors influencing social organisation of gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo Juichi Yamagiwa, Kanyunyi Basabose, Kiswele Kaleme and Takakazu Yumoto; 14. Comparative behavioral ecology of a lowland and highland gorilla population: where do Bwindi gorillas fit? Michele L. Goldsmith; 15. Are gorillas vacuum cleaners of the forest floor? The roles of body size, habitat and food preferences on gorilla dietary flexibility and nutrition Melissa J. Remis; Part IV. Gorilla Conservation: 16. Gorilla conservation Alexander H. Harcourt; 17. The current status of gorillas and threats to their existence at the beginning of a new millennium Andrew J. Plumptre, Alastair McNeilage and Jefferson D. Hall; 18. Distribution, taxonomy, genetics, ecology and causal links of gorilla survival: the need to develop practical knowledge for gorilla conservation Esteban E. Sarmiento; 19. The Cross River gorilla: the natural history and status of a neglected and critically endangered subspecies John F. Oates, Kelly L. McFarland, Jacqueline L. Groves, Richard A. Bergl, Joshua M. Linder and Todd R. Disotell; Afterword Michele L. Goldsmith and Andrea B. Taylor.

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