Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus

Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus

by Nina G. Jablonski
     
 

ISBN-10: 052141105X

ISBN-13: 9780521411059

Pub. Date: 03/04/1993

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This unique volume provides a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of all aspects of the biology of the Old World monkey genus Theropithecus, an animal which evolved alongside our human ancestors. The authors explore the fossil history and evolution of the genus, its biogeography, comparative evolutionary biology and anatomy, and the behaviour and socioecology of…  See more details below

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This unique volume provides a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of all aspects of the biology of the Old World monkey genus Theropithecus, an animal which evolved alongside our human ancestors. The authors explore the fossil history and evolution of the genus, its biogeography, comparative evolutionary biology and anatomy, and the behaviour and socioecology of the living and extinct representatives of the genus. The parallels between the evolution of Theropithecus and early hominids are discussed. There are also two chapters of particular significance which describe how an innovative and exciting approach to the modelling of the causes of species' extinction can be used with great success. This highly multi-disciplinary approach provides a rare and insightful account of the evolutionary biology of this fascinating and once highly successful group of primates. Theropithecus will be of interest to researchers in the fields of primatology, anthropology, palaeontology, and mammalian behaviour, physiology and anatomy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521411059
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/04/1993
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.22(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Acknowledgements
1Introduction3
Pt. IFossil evidence and phylogeny
2Theropithecus darti from the Hadar Formation, Ethiopia15
3Evolution of Theropithecus in the Turkana Basin85
4Are Papio baringensis R. Leakey, 1969, and P. quadratirostris lwamoto, 1982, species of Papio or Theropithecus?125
5Theropithecus fossils from Africa and India and the taxonomy of the genus157
6Theropithecus from Ternifine, Algeria191
7The Phylogeny of Theropithecus209
Pt. IIBiogeography and evolutionary biology
8Climate change, biogeography and Theropithecus227
9African terrestrial primates: the comparative evolutionary biology of Theropithecus and the Hominidae245
Pt. IIIAnatomy of the fossil and living species of Theropithecus
10Allometric aspects of skull morphology in Theropithecus273
11Evolution of the masticatory apparatus in Theropithecus299
12Dental microwear and diet in extant and extinct Theropithecus: preliminary analyses331
13The development and microstructure of the dentition of Theropithecus351
14Postcranial anatomy of extant and extinct species of Theropithecus383
Pt. IVBehaviour and ecology of living and fossil species of Theropithecus
15Social organization of the gelada425
16The ecology of Theropithecus gelada441
17Food digestion and energetic conditions in Theropithecus gelada453
18Socioecology of the extinct theropiths: a modelling approach465
19Ecological energetics and extinction of giant gelada baboons487
Appendix I: A partial catalogue of fossil remains of Theropithecus499
Appendix II: Conservation status of the gelada527
Index533

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