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Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus

Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus

by Nina G. Jablonski


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Theropithecus: The Rise and Fall of a Primate Genus

This unique volume provides a comprehensive and up-to-date examination of all aspects of the biology of the Old World monkey genus, Theropithecus, which evolved alongside our human ancestors. This genus is represented today by only one rare species. The authors explore the fossil history and evolution of the genus, its biogeography, comparative evolutionary biology and anatomy, and the behavior 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 that describe how an innovative and exciting approach to the modeling of the causes of species extinction can be used with great success. This highly multidisciplinary approach provides a rare and insightful account of the evolutionary biology of this fascinating and once highly successful group of primates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521018494
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2005
Pages: 556
Product dimensions: 7.44(w) x 9.69(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; Part I. Fossil Evidence and Phylogeny: 2. Theropithecus darti from the Hadar Formation, Ethiopia; 3. Evolution of Theropithecus in the Turkana Basin; 4. Are P. baringensis R. Leakey, 1969, and P. quadratirostris Iwamoto, 1982, species of Papio or Theropithecus?; 5. Theropithecus fossils from Africa and India and the taxonomy of the genus; 6. Theropithecus from Ternifine, Algeria; 7. The phylogeny of Theropithecus; Part II. Biogeography and Evolutionary Biology: 8. Climate change, biogeography and Theropithecus; 9. African terrestrial primates: the comparative evolutionary biology of Theropithecus and the Hominidae; Part III. Anatomy of the Fossil and Living Species of Theropithecus: 10. Allometric aspects of skull morphology in Theropithecus; 11. Evolution of the masticatory apparatus in Theropithecus; 12. Dental microwear and diet in extant and extinct Theropithecus: preliminary analyses; 13. The development and microstructure of the dentition of Theropithecus; 14. Postcranial anatomy of extinct and extant species of Theropithecus; Part IV. Behaviour and Ecology of Living and Fossil Species of Theropithecus: 15. Social organisation of the Gelada; 16. The ecology of Theropithecus gelada; 17. Food digestion and energetic conditions in Theropithecus gelada; 18. Socioecology of the extinct Theropiths: a modelling approach; 19. Ecological energetics and extinction of giant gelada baboons; Appendices; Index.

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