Primates of the World

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The study of primates in their natural environment is a relatively recent phenomenon. It is only since the 1970s that books, films and scientific papers have presented us with a wealth of fascinating insights into the biology and lifestyle of these mountain- and forest-dwelling relatives of human beings, and this new knowledge has provided the inspiration for Primates of the World. Ken and Rod Preston-Mafham discuss the various species of lemurs, monkeys and apes, their habitats, social systems, breeding habits ...
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Overview

The study of primates in their natural environment is a relatively recent phenomenon. It is only since the 1970s that books, films and scientific papers have presented us with a wealth of fascinating insights into the biology and lifestyle of these mountain- and forest-dwelling relatives of human beings, and this new knowledge has provided the inspiration for Primates of the World. Ken and Rod Preston-Mafham discuss the various species of lemurs, monkeys and apes, their habitats, social systems, breeding habits and rearing of young, methods of communication, feeding preferences and - last but not least - their ambivalent relationship with the human race as, in the late twentieth century, forest habitats are being destroyed and some species are threatened with extinction in the wild. More than 60 species and subspecies of primates are illustrated and a special feature of the book are the superb photographs by Ken Preston-Mafham, who has spent many years travelling and photographing wildlife throughout the world. But despite the rapport that has been developed with many species by dedicated zoologists working in the field, some primates are still too timid to allow good close-up pictures to be taken in the dense forest where they live; in these instances, in order to show specific important details, they have been photographed in captivity. Primates of the World is a fitting addition to the series, since these creatures are our closest relatives in the animal kingdom and therefore have a particular importance and fascination. The authors are experienced writers and photographers of the living world, whose expertise is familiar to readers of this series. They are the authors of Butterflies of the World, Spiders of the World and Madagascar: A Natural History.
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YA-- A look at over 60 species and subspecies of lemurs, monkeys, and apes. The book details their social systems, breeding, habitats, food needs, communication styles as well as the primates' threatened relationship with humans in the life chain. Based on the most recent zoological research and filled with excellent photographs, this is a timely addition to science collections.
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Discusses the various species of lemurs, monkeys, and apes, their habitats, social systems, breeding habits and rearing of their young, communication, feeding preferences, and their relationship with their human kin who are rapidly destroying their forest homes. Well illustrated with color photographs, mostly from the wild. For general readers. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816027453
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1992
  • Series: Of the World Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Preface 7
1 Introduction to the Primates 9
2 The Prosimians and New World Monkeys 32
3 The Old World Monkeys and the Apes 61
4 Reproduction and Parental Care 84
5 Social Behaviour 98
6 Food and Feeding 119
7 Habitat and Ecology 151
8 Enemies and Defence 167
9 Primates and Humans 177
Index 187
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