Primate Diversity / Edition 1

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Primate Diversity successfully synthesizes a thorough look at current primatology research while providing a careful examination of a variety of species.
This well-written, accessible text offers an extensive introduction to the field, its methods, and the animals themselves.
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Editorial Reviews

John C. Mitani
Falk's text is written in a highly effective and engaging style. It appears very well-organized and does a good job of covering many aspects of primate biology.

University of Michigan

Jay R. Kaplan
Academically first-rate as well as a bestseller....I am more convinced than ever of the need for Dean's book.

Wake Forest University

Frustration over not finding an up-to-date textbook that meshed with her course on primates led this U. of Albany anthropologist to write her own introduction to primate evolution, and methods and theory for studying diverse living primates. Includes photos, field notes, species distribution maps, chapter review exercises, and a glossary ending with the term "zygomatics." Falk is known for her "radiator theory" of brain evolution (not discussed here). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
John C. Mitani
Falk's text is written in a highly effective and engaging style. It appears very well-organized and does a good job of covering many aspects of primate biology.

University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393974287
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 764,626
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dean Falk is professor of anthropology at Florida State University and honorary professor of human biology at the University of Vienna. Since receiving her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1976, her research has focused on early hominids, brain evolution, comparative neuroanatomy, and cognitive evolution (including language origins). Research on cranial blood flow and australopithecine endocasts led Falk to develop the "radiator theory" of brain evolution and to question the conventional interpretations of certain fossils. Falk is the author of Braindance: New Discoveries About Human Origins and Brain Evolution.
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Table of Contents

1 The Basics of Primate Evolution
2 Methods and Theory for Studying Living Primates
3 Galagos, Lorises, and Tarsiers
4 Lemurs
5 Monkeys of the New World: The Callitrichines
6 Other Neotropical Monkeys: Cebidae and Atelidae
7 Old World Monkeys: The Leaf-Eating Colobines
8 Old World Cheek-Pouched Monkeys: The Shift to Terrestriality
9 Macaques and Savanna Baboons: Sexual Politics and Human Evolution
10 Gibbons: The Lesser Apes
11 Orangutans: The Shy Ape
12 Gorillas: The Largest Primates of All
13 Our Cousins: The Chimpanzees
14 The Earliest Hominids
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