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Primate Social Systems

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781468466966
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/25/2012
  • Series: Studies in Behavioural Adaptation Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1988
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Primates and their Societies.- Asking the Right Questions.- The Primate Heritage.- Primate Social Systems.- 2. Theory of Reproductive Strategies.- An Evolutionary Perspective.- Optimal Strategy Sets.- A Question of Ontogeny.- Structure and Function in Primate Society.- 3. Survival Strategies.- Nutritional Requirements.- Dietary Strategies.- Optimal Foraging.- Exploiting the Habitat.- Economics of Territoriality.- The Problem of Predation.- 4. Demographic Processes: (1) Lifehistory Variables.- Lifehistory Variables.- Variance in Birth Rates.- Mortality Rates.- 5. Demographic Processes: (2) Population Parameters.- Population Dynamics.- Migration and Fission.- Sex Ratio.- 6. Time Budgets and Other Constraints.- Time Budgets.- Demographic Constraints on Behaviour.- 7. Evolution of Grouping Patterns.- Why Form Groups?.- Costs of Group-living.- Evolution of Groups.- Evolution of Social Structure.- 8. Mating Strategies.- Reproductive Behaviour in Primates.- Gaining Access to Mates.- Male Lifetime Reproductive Success.- Alternative Strategies of Mate Acquisition.- 9. Rearing Strategies.- Primate Rearing Patterns.- Ecology of Motherhood.- Social Aspects of Rearing.- Male Parental Investment.- 10. Conflicts and Coalitions.- The Constraint-free Strategy.- Economics of Coalition Formation.- Demographic Considerations.- Acquisition of Rank.- 11. Mechanics of Exploitation.- Processes of Negotiation.- Dynamics of Social Relationships.- Role of Communication.- Exploiting Others.- Infanticide as a Reproductive Strategy.- 12. Socio-ecological Systems.- Models as Descriptive Tools.- Models as Analytical Tools.- The Problem of Monogamy.- Comment:The Function of Territoriality.- A Note on the Use of Modelling.- 13. Evolution of Social Systems.- Social Evolution in Baboons.- Social Evolution in the Great Apes.- Conclusion.- Scientific and Common Names.- References.

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