Old World Monkeys

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Old World monkeys (Cercopithecoidea) are the most successful and diverse group of living nonhuman primates in terms of the number of species, behavioral repertoires, and ecology. Among our closest living relatives, they have much to teach us about the processes of evolution and the principles of ecology. This volume presents a broad, technical account of cercopithecoid biology including molecular, behavioral, and morphological approaches to phylogeny, population structure, allometry, fossil history, functional morphology, ecology, cognitive capabilities, social behavior, and conservation. It will be the definitive reference on this group for researchers, graduate students and advanced undergraduates in primatology, animal behavior, paleontology, morphology, systematics, and physical anthropology.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Recommended for antropological and zoological collections." Choice

"This volume is clearly aimed at primatologists, physical anthropologists and advanced students interested in the biology of Old World monkeys, and it should serve this audience well. This book is an excellent reference for researchers and advanced students in this field." American Scientist

"...a valuable reference, particularly to those with a strong research interest in primate evolutionary biology and diversity, and for those with a particular interest in primate social behavior and ecology." The Quarterly Review of Biology

"This book is part of the multidisciplinary field of primatology that brings together a wider variety of methods and interests than is usual for modern biology...One can trust the accuracy of the science and appreciate the larger meaning and significance of the conclusions." Palaios

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521028097
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Associate Professor at Capital Community College in Hartford, Ct. and Curatorial Affiliate in Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut

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Table of Contents

List of contributors; Preface; 1. Old World monkeys: three decades of development and change in the study of the Cercopithecoidea Clifford J. Jolly and Paul F. Whitehead; 2. The molecular systematics of the Cercopithecoidae Todd R. Disotell; 3. Molecular genetic variation and population structure in Papio baboons Jeffrey Rogers; 4. The phylogeny of the Cercopithecoidea Colin P. Groves; 5. Ontogeny of the nasal capsule in cercopithecoids: a contribution to the comparative and evolutionary morphology of catarrhines Wolfgang Maier; 6. Old World monkey origins and diversification: an evolutionary study of diet and dentition Brenda R. Benefit; 7. Geological context of fossil Cercopithecoidea from eastern Africa Thomas Gundling and Andrew Hill; 8. The oro-facial complex in macaques: tongue and jaw movements in feeding Karen Hiiemae; 9. Evolutionary morphology of the skull in Old World monkeys Matthew J. Ravosa and Lorna P. Profant; 10. Evolutionary endocrinology of the cercopithecoids Patricia L. Whitten; 11. Behavioral ecology and socioendocrinology of reproductive maturation in cercopithecine monkeys Fred B. Bercovitch; 12. Quantitative assessment of occlusal wear and age estimation in Ethiopian and Tanzanian baboons Jane E. Phillips-Conroy, Thore Bergman and Clifford J. Jolly; 13. Maternal investment throughout the life span in Old World monkeys Lynn A. Fairbanks; 14. Cognitive capacities of Old World monkeys based on studies of social behavior Irwin S. Bernstein; 15. The effects of predation and habitat quality on the socioecology of African monkeys: lessons from the islands of Bioko and Zanzibar Thomas T. Struhsaker; 16. The loud calls of black-and-white colobus monkeys: their adaptive and taxonomic significance in light of new data John F. Oates, C. M. Bocian and C. J. Terranova; 17. Agonistic and affiliative relationships in a blue monkey group Marina Cords; 18. Locomotor behavior in Ugandan monkeys Daniel L. Gebo and Colin A. Chapman; 19. The behavioral ecology of Asian colobines Carey P. Yeager and Karen Kool; Index.

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