The Primate Fossil Record

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The Primate Fossil Record is a profusely illustrated, up-to-date, and comprehensive treatment of primate paleontology that captures the complete history of the discovery and interpretation of primate fossils. Each chapter emphasizes three key components of the record of primate evolution: history of discovery, taxonomy of the fossils, and evolution of the adaptive radiations they represent. The volume objectively summarizes the many intellectual debates surrounding the fossil record and provides a foundation of reference information on the last two decades of astounding discoveries and worldwide field research for physical anthropologists, paleontologists, and evolutionary biologists.

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"The taxonomic and historical coverage of this landmark volume is remarkably inclusive, and the quality of the individual chapters and of the illustrations is high...this volume is destined to become an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the mammalian fossil record, primate origins, or in human evolution...The book is a magnificent accomplishment which will set the standard in the field for years to come." Biodiversity

"The volume provides a valuable reference on finds in the last two decades and current interpretations and controversies...The Primate Fossil Record is a superb book and an extraordinary accomplishment by Hartwig. It will be an invaluable source for all vertebrate paleontologists who work in the Cenozoic and for biologists interested in the evolution of the Order Primates." Quarterly Review of Biology

"This valuable new volume challenges significant components of the normal view of primate history...The Primate Fossil Record could be the centerpiece of an excellent graduate seminar on the history and practice of systematics and excellent resource." Journal of Mammalogy

"...a welcome addition to anyone's shelf—especially university libraries. The book fulfills its job as a primary reference of fossil primates." Journal of Anthropological Research

"This volume, carefully edited and arranged by Walter Hartwig, is a necessary addition to what has become an almost exploding field of endeavor, the study of our won human and other primate evolutionary lines...a treasure-trove of up-to-date descriptive and interpretative summaries...all of the chapters are of a high quality, and will provide important up-to-date reviews of these fossil primates. The photographs are exceptionally good, and it is a pleasure to have this volume in my possession. This will be a must for any paleoanthropologist or paleontologist workng on fossil primates. The Editor and Cambridge deserve kudos for this product." Human Nature Review

"The Primate Fossil Record should prove useful and be a benchmark for subsequent primate evaluations." Canadian Palaeobiology

"This is the first book in more than 20 years to offer a complete and relatively detailed survey of the paleontology of primates, the zoological group including humans, apes, monkeys, lemurs, and our extinct relatives.... Hartwig has done an excellent job of organizing and editing a disparate set of surveys. The overall bibliography and author/taxon indexes add to the book's value. Recommended for general as well as anthropological, zoological, and natural history collections." Choice

"This is an admirable effort to provide a concentrated and uniform treatment of the fossil record of that mammalian order of primary interest to our ever-anthropocentric selves....This book...will serve as a starting point for professionals and advanced students for years to come." Reports

"a valuable resource for all physical anthropologists and primate paleontologists." Journal of Paleontology Russell L. Ciochon

" I can only sit back and marvel at the amount of effort it must have taken contributors to amass such comprehensive and detailed accounts of the fossil records of their particular taxonomic groups and time periods... although by no means an introductory text, the coverage of the volume, its relative detail and the quality of the contributions will make The Primate Fossil Record are essential reading for many years to come." Sarah Elton, Reviews in Anthropology

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Meet the Author

WALTER HARTWIG is Associate Professor of Anatomy at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in northern California. He has conducted paleontological field research in South America and Africa, and has authored over 40 scientific articles and book chapters on comparative anatomy, primate evolution and the history of sciences. Professor Hartwig is also founder and director of FOUNTAINHEAD, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving medical care, education and scientific research in underdeveloped countries.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction to The Primate Fossil Record 1
2 The origin of primates 5
The earliest primates and the fossil record of prosimians 11
3 The earliest fossil primates and the evolution of prosimians: Introduction 13
4 Adapiformes: Phylogeny and adaptation 21
5 Tarsiiformes: Evolutionary history and adaptation 45
6 Fossil lorisoids 83
7 Quaternary fossil lemurs 97
The origin and diversification of anthropoid primates 123
8 The origin and diversification of anthropoid primates: Introduction 125
9 Basal anthropoids 133
10 Platyrrhine paleontology and systematics: The paradigm shifts 151
11 Early platyrrhines of southern South America 161
12 Miocene platyrrhines of the northern Neotropics 175
13 Extinct Quaternary platyrrhines of the Greater Antilles and Brazil 189
The fossil record of early catarrhines and Old World monkeys 201
14 Early Catarrhines of the African Eocene and Oligocene 203
15 The Pliopithecoidea 221
16 The Victoriapithecidae, Cercopithecoidea 241
17 Fossil Old World monkeys: The late Neogene radiation 255
The fossil record of hominoid primates 301
18 Perspectives on the Miocene Hominoidea 303
19 Late Oligocene to middle Miocene catarrhines from Afro-Arabia 311
20 European hominoids 339
21 The hominoid radiation in Asia 369
22 Middle and late Miocene African hominoids 385
The fossil record of human ancestry 399
23 Introduction to the fossil record of human ancestry 401
24 Earliest hominids 407
25 Early Genus Homo 419
26 Migrations, radiations and continuity: Patterns in the evolution of Middle and Late Pleistocene humans 437
References 457
Historical figures index 519
Taxonomic index 523
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