Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

Primate Biogeography

Progress and Prospects

Editors: Lehman, Shawn M., Fleagle, John G (Eds.)

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About this Textbook

Biogeography, the study of the distribution of organisms over the surface of the earth, plays a central role in our understanding of virtually all aspects of the biology of primates and other animals, including systematics, mechanisms of speciation, population genetics and demography. The distribution of primates relative to aspects of climate and habitat, including altitude, forest type, and food availability, forms the basis for our understanding of ecological and behavioral adaptations. The biogeography of primates in the past is a major component of our understanding of their evolutionary history and is an essential component of conservation biology.

This volume, which brings together these papers on the biogeography of primates, past and present, provides an introduction to Primate Biogeography as a discipline, illustrates the many factors that may influence the distribution of primates, and demonstrates the wide range of methodological approaches that are available to understanding the distribution of this order.

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From the reviews:

"The biology of the tropics is severely understudied by comparison to that of temperate regions. … Primatology has a huge amount of amazingly detailed data on its focal taxon. Our field therefore provides a large, clear window into tropical biology. This book should be read by all biogeographers, not just primate biogeographers. … All chapters are clearly written, with quantitative analysis of high quality, stimulating discussion, an abundance of raw data that will provide much fuel for future research, and excellent summaries." (A. H. Harcourt, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 28, 2007)

"This book is a collection of studies that fall into one of two general categories: ecological biogeography, the study of a taxon’s distribution patterns based on its interactions with the physical and biotic environment, or historical biogeography, the investigation of events that led to the origin and dispersal of a taxon. … Primate Biogeography is designed as a broad survey of the field … is a great success. This book will undoubtedly serve as a valuable introduction to the field for several years to come." (Anthony J. Tosi, Journal of Mammalian Evolution, Vol. 14, 2007)


Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Biogeography and Primates: A Review

    Shawn M. Lehman, John G. Fleagle

    Pages 1-58

  • Genetic Evidence on the Historical Biogeography of Central American Howler Monkeys

    Julie A. Ellsworth, Guy A. Hoelzer

    Pages 81-103

  • Ecological Biogeography of Primates in Guyana

    S. M. Lehman, R. W. Sussman, J. Phillips-Conroy, et al.

    Pages 105-130

  • Geographic Variation in Savanna Baboon (Papio) Ecology and its Taxonomic and Evolutionary Implications

    Jason M. Kamilar

    Pages 169-200

  • Abiotic and Biotic Factors as Predictors of Species Richness on Madagascar

    Nancy J. Stevens, Patrick M. O’Connor

    Pages 269-300

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eBook $129.00
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Hardcover $169.00
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Softcover $169.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-4419-4008-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Primate Biogeography
Book Subtitle
Progress and Prospects
Editors
  • Shawn M. Lehman
  • John G Fleagle
Series Title
Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects
Copyright
2006
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-31710-6
DOI
10.1007/0-387-31710-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-29871-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-4008-7
Series ISSN
1574-3489
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 536
Number of Illustrations and Tables
72 b/w illustrations
Topics