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Primate Adaptation and Evolution, Third Edition, is a thorough revision of the text of choice for courses in primate evolution. The book retains its grounding in the extant primate groups as the best way to understand the fossil trail and the evolution of these modern forms. However, this coverage is now streamlined, making reference to the many new and excellent books on living primate ecology and adaptation — a field that has burgeoned since the first edition of Primate Adaptation and Evolution.
Primate adaptations and evolution
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Primate Adaptation and Evolution
Despite differences in the assumed ecological context in competing evolutionary scenarios for early primate locomotion, there appears to be consensus about the adaptive significance of grasping for the exploitation of the terminal branch habitat. I attempt to review first the phylogenetic framework of early primate evolution. Then, I focus on proposed extant analogues for potential ancestral morphotypes of early primate evolution and motion analyses conducted to gain insight specifically into the role of grasping during small-branch locomotion. Studies concerned with proposed extant analogues, such as treeshrews, didelphid marsupials, mouse lemurs, tamarins and marmosets, marsupial gliders and various small arboreal rodents, are summarized. This overview demonstrates a striking variability and plasticity of strategies to cope with the challenging functional demands of locomotion in the terminal branch habitat and helps to identify open questions for further research. For example, potential morphological correlates for specific behaviours still need to be validated in future in-depth quantitative experimental studies. Comparative approaches beyond the anatomy that specifically account for data on locomotor and postural behaviour of extant species, also including phylogenetically informed analyses, are mostly lacking and should be intended to link evolutionary patterns of morphological change with functional characteristics observed in experimental studies.
John Fleagle has improved on his text by reconceptualizing chapters and by bringing new findings in functional and evolutionary approaches to bear on his synthesis of comparative primate data. The Second Edition provides a foundation upon which students can develop an understanding of our primate heritage. It features up-to-date information gained through academic training, laboratory experience and field research. This beautifully illustrated volume provides a comprehensive introductory text explaining the many aspects of primate biology and human evolution. Upper division undergraduates and beginning graduate students in anthropology and biology.
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Search this site. Hats off to Fleagle for producing a superb book that every primatologist needs and only he could write. One of the changes is that he now uses a suite of criteria to estimate body mass from fossil skeletons; rather than the single formula he formerly used. Fleagle's book fills a long-standing need for a comprehensive and up-to-date introductory text in its field.
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