Advances in Primatology

Reconstructing Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record

Editors: Plavcan, J., Kay, R.F., Jungers, W., van Schaik, C.P. (Eds.)

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This volume brings together a series of papers that address the topic of reconstructing behavior in the primate fossil record. The literature devoted to reconstructing behavior in extinct species is ovelWhelming and very diverse. Sometimes, it seems as though behavioral reconstruction is done as an afterthought in the discussion section of papers, relegated to the status of informed speculation. But recent years have seen an explosion in studies of adaptation, functional anatomy, comparative sociobiology, and development. Powerful new comparative methods are now available on the internet. At the same time, we face a rapidly growing fossil record that offers more and more information on the morphology and paleoenvironments of extinct species. Consequently, inferences of behavior in extinct species have become better grounded in comparative studies of living species and are becoming increas­ ingly rigorous. We offer here a series of papers that review broad issues related to reconstructing various aspects of behavior from very different types of evi­ dence. We hope that in so doing, the reader will gain a perspective on the various types of evidence that can be brought to bear on reconstructing behavior, the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches, and, perhaps, new approaches to the topic. We define behavior as broadly as we can­ including life-history traits, locomotion, diet, and social behavior, giving the authors considerable freedom in choosing what, exactly, they wish to explore.

Reviews

`The chapters are of high quality and well focused. Recommended.'
Choice, 40:4 (2002)
`One of the major challenges in primate paleontology is reconstructing the animals behaviour from its fossil remains. Unlike human archeology, where there are plenty of clues from material culture, paleontologists have much less information to work from. This book looks at the current state of the art [...] with chapters covering a broad range of techniques that can be applied and reviewing the predictions that can be made. It is firmly aimed at researchers in the field although its content might be interesting to final year undergraduates.'
Primate Eye, Primate Society of Great Britain, 81 (October 2003)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Adaptation and Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record

    Ross, Callum F. (et al.)

    Pages 1-41

  • Functional Morphology and In Vivo Bone Strain Patterns in the Craniofacial Region of Primates: Beware of Biomechanical Stories about Fossil Bones

    Hylander, William L. (et al.)

    Pages 43-72

  • On the Interface between Ontogeny and Function

    Ravosa, Matthew J. (et al.)

    Pages 73-111

  • Dental Ontogeny and Life-History Strategies: The Case of the Giant Extinct Indroids of Madagascar

    Godfrey, Laurie R. (et al.)

    Pages 113-157

  • A Comparative Approach to Reconstructing the Socioecology of Extinct Primates

    Nunn, Charles L. (et al.)

    Pages 159-215

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reconstructing Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record
Editors
  • Joseph Plavcan
  • Richard F. Kay
  • William Jungers
  • Carel P. van Schaik
Series Title
Advances in Primatology
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-1343-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-1343-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-306-46604-5
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4613-5507-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 437
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