Primate Dentition: An Introduction to the Teeth of Non-Human Primates

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Primate Dentition provides a comparative dental anatomy of living non-human primates that brings together information from many disciplines to present the most useful and comprehensive database possible in one consolidated text. The core of the book consists of comparative morphological and metrical descriptions with analyses, reference tables, and illustrations of the permanent dentitions of 85 living primate species to establish a baseline for future investigations. The volume also discusses dental microstructure and its importance in understanding taxonomic relationships between species, data on deciduous dentitions, prenatal dental development and ontogenetic processes, and material to aid age estimation and life history studies.

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"...Swindler's book is a classic, and I am delighted to see this updated version come along. Students and researchers alike have always, and will for years to come, find it useful for its stated purposeā€”an introductory guide to primate dentitions." International Journal of Primatology

"Swindler ... has been a leader in the study of the teeth of primates ... for decades. Following introductory material on the structure and growth of teeth, Swindler describes and illustrates the teeth of nonhuman primates systematically, by group." Choice

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For scientists in a number of disciplines, and for veterinarians who do see a gorilla with a toothache now and then, Swindler (anthropology , U. of Washington-Seattle) combines material from his 1976 with more recent research findings. He describes the teeth of living nonhuman primates with no evolutionary dimension or argument that the material suggests any taxonomic novelty. The photographs and drawings are from casts of museum specimens, and data about the individuals were obtained at the time of the cast. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

DARIS R. SWINDLER is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Washington, Seattle. His main research interests are in primate anatomy and dental studies of early primate dental development, comparative dental morphology and odontometrics of living and fossil primates, and Pacific dental anthropology. He has written or edited nine previous books including An Atlas of Primate Gross Anatomy: Baboon, Chimpanzee, and Man (1973) with C. D. Wood , The Dentition of Living Primates (1976), Systematics, Evolution and Anatomy: Comparative Primate Biology Vol. 1 (1986) with J. Erwin, Paleontologia Umana, Evoluzione, Addamento, Cultura (1996) with A. Drusini, and Introduction to the Primates (1998).

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Dental anatomy; 3. Dental development; 4. The deciduous dentition; 5. Superfamily Lemuroidea; 6. Family Cebidae; 7. Family Cercopithecidae; 8. Hylobatidae; 9. Pongidae; Odontometric appendix; Dental eruption appendix; Glossary; References; Taxonomic index.

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