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The Primate Family Tree: The Amazing Diversity of Our Closest Relatives
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The Primate Family Tree: The Amazing Diversity of Our Closest Relatives

by Ian Redmond, Jane Goodall (Preface by)
 

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"The book is beautifully designed, and the contents are well organized and will be interesting to all. . . . An excellent text for a relevant course or a welcome addition to any home library. I recommend it very highly."
— Science Books and Films

The Primate Family Tree is a beautiful and comprehensive resource on the

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"The book is beautifully designed, and the contents are well organized and will be interesting to all. . . . An excellent text for a relevant course or a welcome addition to any home library. I recommend it very highly."
— Science Books and Films

The Primate Family Tree is a beautiful and comprehensive resource on the subject of our animal relatives: apes, monkeys and lemurs. Readers will learn an abundance of facts, review recent research and conservation efforts and discover the remarkable characteristics shared by all primates, including humans.

The book is structured according to the four main branches of the primate family tree and contains expert information on the natural history, characteristics and behavior of over 250 species, along with maps showing the ranges of each specie.

Some of the topics covered are:

  • The definition of a primate
  • Darwin's big idea, anthropological theories, DNA
  • The structure of the primate family tree
  • Distribution of species, including lorises and lemurs
  • Diet, habitat, life cycles, social structure, communication
  • Primate emotions
  • Primates as "gardeners of the forest"
  • Issues involving conservation, bush meat, civil war, habitat loss
  • Primate tourism: does it help or hurt?

With its authoritative text, color photographs taken in the field, range maps and classification diagrams, The Primate Family Tree is an outstanding reference on a subject of vital importance to all humans.

Editorial Reviews

Science News
A portrait of lemurs, monkeys, apes and others, with color photographs and a foreword by Jane Goodall.
Science Books and Films - Marvin Druger
This book offers an up-to-date, comprehensive, appealing introduction to the great diversity of primates. The foreword by Jane Goodall sets the stage for informative reading about primates, emphasizing the destruction of the forest ecosystems around the world. Putting forth the idea that each of us can make a difference, she urges readers to visit primate habitats and do whatever possible to preserve those habitats. The book is beautifully designed, and the contents are well organized and will be interesting to all. Wonderful colored photographs of primates and location maps make the reader want to visit all the sites.... Overall, this is a very attractive, interesting, and informative publication. The print size is smaller than one might like, but it is clear and each page is a delight to read. This book would be an excellent text for a relevant course or a welcome addition to any home library. I recommend it very highly.
American Reference Book Annual - Diane Schmidt
Attractively illustrated.... excellent photographs on almost every page.... Primate Family Tree is not a book for primatologists, but it provides a great introduction to primates and their evolution for students and the general public. It would be a very good purchase for a high school, academic, and public libraries.
Booklist - Nancy Bent
Redmond, who studied gorillas with Dian Fossey and now works to protect the great apes, presents a guide to the 270-odd species of primates in this beautifully illustrated guide to our kin.
SirReadaLot.org
The Primate Family Tree is a compelling introduction to all the world's primates exploring the remarkable biology and behavior universal to primates. With its authoritative text, color photographs taken in the field, range maps and classification diagrams, The Primate Family Tree is a comprehensive reference on a subject that is vitally important to humans. Beautifully illustrated and easy to read and use, it encourages a greater understanding of our primate cousins and of our own survival as the human primate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554073788
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
10/10/2008
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Ian Redmond, a former field assistant to Dian Fossey, is a wildlife biologist with a passion for apes and elephants. He is the chief consultant for the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Project and the founder of the Ape Alliance.

Jane Goodall is a primatologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is renowned for her groundbreaking studies of chimpanzee social and family life in Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania, which span over 45 years.

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