Reproduction and Fitness in Baboons: Behavioral, Ecological, and Life History Perspectives / Edition 1

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The editors will address the questions of life history and reproduction by attempting to isolate the various components of reproductive success and fitness in baboons. This requires assembling research interests in morphology, behavior, ecology, and endocrinology of the five subspecies of Papio baboons. By synthesizing studies of reproduction, life history, growth, parenting, ecology, mate choice, and mating success, this volume will shed light on general features of life history traits and reproductive strategies that have made baboons successful. These findings have broad applications to understanding the evolution of complex life history adaptations, such as those characteristic of other primates, and humans in particular. Many of the top researchers on the field are contributing to this volume.

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"This book is generally successful in its goals, and lives up to its title, by compiling a good amount of recent research on reproductive behavior and life history in baboons, and their impact on reproductive success. While this book will clearly be of interest to graduate students and professionals engaged in social and ecological research on baboons, it would also be of considerable interest to students of evolutionary theory … ." (Stephen R. Frost, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 15, 2008)

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Table of Contents

1 Perspectives on reproduction and life history in baboons 1
2 Infant mortality, paternity certainty, and female reproductive strategies in hamadryas baboons 19
3 Female behavioral strategies of hybrid baboons in the Awash National Park, Ethiopia 53
4 Hybrid baboons and the origins of the Hamadryas male reproductive strategy 81
5 The social and ecological flexibility of Guinea baboons : implications for Guinea baboon social organization and male strategies 105
6 Social organization, reproductive systems, and mediation of baboon endogenous virus (BaEV) copy number in Gelada, Hamadryas, and other Papio baboons 123
7 Reproduction, mortality, and female reproductive success in Chacma baboons of the Okvango Delta, Botswana
8 Maternal characteristics and offspring growth in Chacma baboons : a life-history perspective 177
9 Whose life is it anyway? : maternal investment, developmental trajectories, and life history strategies in baboons 199
10 Ontogeny, life history, and maternal investment in baboons 225
11 Testicular size, developmental trajectories, and male life history strategies in four baboon taxa 257
12 The evolutionary past and the research future : environmental variation and life history flexibility in a primate lineage 277
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