Walker's Primates of the World

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From Nigeria's needle-clawed bush baby to the snub-nosed langur of Tibet, from loris to lemur, from the woolly monkey to the "naked ape," primates are among the world's most diverse—and distinctive—groups of mammals. Seventy million years of evolving primate anatomy (much of it significantly influenced by a tree-dwelling lifestyle) has resulted in such defining characteristics as stereoscopic vision, a relatively large brain, grasping hands and feet, and superior levels of ...

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From Nigeria's needle-clawed bush baby to the snub-nosed langur of Tibet, from loris to lemur, from the woolly monkey to the "naked ape," primates are among the world's most diverse—and distinctive—groups of mammals. Seventy million years of evolving primate anatomy (much of it significantly influenced by a tree-dwelling lifestyle) has resulted in such defining characteristics as stereoscopic vision, a relatively large brain, grasping hands and feet, and superior levels of dexterity and muscular coordination.

Now Ronald M. Nowak offers a comprehensive guide to this fascinating and varied order of mammals. Walker's Primates of the World includes scientific and common names, the number and distribution of species, measurements and physical traits, habitat, daily and seasonal activity, population dynamics, home range, social life, reproduction, longevity, and status of threatened species. Recently extinct genera, such as the giant lemurs of Madagascar, are covered in full. Textual summaries present accurate, well-documented descriptions of the physical characteristics and living habits of primates in every part of the world.

In a new introduction, noted primate conservationists Russell A. Mittermeier, Anthony B. Rylands, and William R. Konstant discuss the taxonomy and distribution of primates as well as their distinguishing characteristics, special adaptations and particularly striking features, such as sociality. They also report on conservation efforts past and future, and assess the factors, largely human-caused, that are threatening non-human primates with extinction.

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Audubon

Professional naturalists will find [these volumes] invaluable as a handy reference, and amateurs—at least those citizens alive to their earthly environment—should delight in finding so much fascinating information made so available and palatable.

Natural History

Every mammalogist must have [these books], and those who profess a broad interest in the fauna of the world will want them.

New York Times

What an amazing lot mammals are, seen here in all of their diversity!... Walker has made available a mine of information, for the specialist as well as for the casually interested... If you want to find out about a mammal, then, here is the place to look.

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Drawn from the much larger , covers living species of primates from the needle-clawed bush baby to the human being. Entries are organized in sections devoted to taxonomical families that describe physical characteristics, scientific and common names, number and distribution of species, habitats, daily and seasonal activities, population dynamics, social life, reproduction, and other characteristics. Recently extinct genera are also covered. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801862519
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Ernest P. Walker (1891-1969) began work on Mammals of the World in the early 1930s, when he became assistant director of the National Zoo in Washington. His work reflected an unequaled store of knowledge about the world's mammals. Ronald M. Nowak is the author of the fifth and sixth editions of Walker's Mammals of the World. His other works on mammalogy include North American Quaternary Canis and several parts of the National Geographic Society's Wild Animals of North America, for which he also was editorial consultant. He received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Kansas in 1973 and was staff mammalogist at the former Office of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, from 1974 to 1987. He served as an Air Force officer for four years and is a private pilot.

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Table of Contents

Primates of the World: an Introduction 1
Primates 53
Lorises, Pottos, and Galagos (Lorisidae) 53
Dwarf Lemurs and Mouse Lemurs (Cheirogaleidae) 65
Lemurs (Lemuridae) 71
Sportive Lemurs, or Weasel Lemurs, and Koala Lemurs (Megaladapidae) 81
Avahi, Sifakas, and Indri (Indriidae) 84
Sloth Lemurs (Palaeopropithecidae) 89
Baboon Lemurs (Archaeolemuridae) 91
Aye-ayes (Daubentoniidae) 92
Tarsiers (Tarsiidae) 94
New World Monkeys (Cebidae) 97
Marmosets, Tamarins, and Goeldi's Monkey (Callitrichidae) 117
Old World Monkeys (Cercopithecidae) 129
Gibbons, or Lesser Apes (Hylobatidae) 168
Great Apes (Pongidae) 173
People, or Human Beings (Hominidae) 186
World Distribution of Primates 193
Appendix 197
Literature Cited 203
Index 223
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