The Life of Primates by Pia Nystrom and Pamela Ashmore
This textbook provides a comprehensive overview of a wide range of topics pertaining to primatology. The book begins by defining what primatology comprises and gives an overview of past milestones within the field. It then provides an overview of primate classification and taxonomy, followed by information where primates can be found today from both a species and ecological view point their ecological adaptations. The biology of primates is presented as it pertains to morphological adaptations such as locomotor and diet adaptations, sensory systems, reproduction, and growth and development. Evolutionary issues are presented as well as a comprehensive overview of the primate fossil record. Primate social organisation and structure are covered two chapters. Primate communication and complex behaviour is explored, including the potential presence of theory of mind. The final chapter considers primate conservation and the potential future of non-human primates.
The book is intended for a wide audience from those exploring the topics for the first time as well as students with need for more in-depth information. Each chapter provides the reader with an introduction to the topic, and how it relates to primates in general and specific species in particular. Each chapter includes key words, summary reviews and study questions as well as suggested further readings and potentially useful web sites. Each chapter also includes specific case studies and further explorations of especially pertinent topics or topics often covered in the news. The textbook is amply illustrated and many citations can lead reader to explore specific topics in even greater depth. It is written in an easily accessible and understandable language to capture a wide audience.
Paperback: 452pages. Publisher: Pearson/Prentice Hall, Upper saddle River, NJ 07458, USA
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-048828-2, ISBN-10: 0-13-048828-3