Reconstructing Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record / Edition 1

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This volume brings together a series of papers that address the topic of reconstructing behavior in the primate fossil record. Here is offered a review of broad issues related to reconstructing various aspects of behavior - such as diet and social systems - from very different types of evidence. For example: comparative analysis and adaptation, ontogenetic evidence, paleoenvironmental and paleo-community analysis, experimental functional analysis, and comparative socioecology. Hopefully, the reader will gain a perspective on the various types of evidence that can be brought to bear on reconstructing behavior, the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, and, perhaps, new approaches to the topic. Authors review not only the types of evidence that can be used to reconstruct behavior, but also the limitations of the evidence, only emphasizing the weakness of behavioral reconstruction as a basis and inspiration for further research.

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'The chapters are of high quality and well focused. Recommended.'
Choice, 40:4 (2002)
'One of the major challenges in primate paleontology is reconstructing the animals behaviour from its fossil remains. Unlike human archeology, where there are plenty of clues from material culture, paleontologists have much less information to work from. This book looks at the current state of the art [...] with chapters covering a broad range of techniques that can be applied and reviewing the predictions that can be made. It is firmly aimed at researchers in the field although its content might be interesting to final year undergraduates.'
Primate Eye, Primate Society of Great Britain, 81 (October 2003)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306466045
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 11/30/2001
  • Series: Advances in Primatology Series
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 437
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Adaptation and Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record 1
2 Functional Morphology and In Vivo Bone Strain Patterns in the Craniofacial Region of Primates: Beware of Biomechanical Stories about Fossil Bones 43
3 On the Interface between Ontogeny and Function 73
4 Dental Ontogeny and Life-History Strategies: The Case of the Giant Extinct Indroids of Madagascar 113
5 A Comparative Approach to Reconstructing the Socioecology of Extinct Primates 159
6 The Use of Paleocommunity and Taphonomic Studies in Reconstructing Primate Behavior 217
7 Reconstructing the Diets of Fossil Primates 261
8 Reconstructing Social Behavior from Dimorphism in the Fossil Record 297
9 The Adaptations of Branisella boliviana, the Earliest South American Monkey 339
10 Ecomorphology and Behavior of Giant Extinct Lemurs from Madagascar 371
11 Conclusions: Reconstructing Behavior in the Fossil Record 413
Subject Index 429
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