Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

Primate Origins: Adaptations and Evolution

Editors: Ravosa, Matthew J., Dagosto, Marian (Eds.)

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This book updates, summarizes and synthesizes past and current research regarding the origin of the Order Primates. When did Primates arise? To what group of mammals are they most closely related? What is the functional and adaptive meaning of their constellation of derived characteristics? The papers in this volume examine hypotheses that have dominated our notions regarding early primate evolution and by coupling this with an emergent body of novel evidence due to new fossil discoveries and technological and methodological advances, provide a long overdue multidisciplinary reanalysis of the suite of derived life history, socioecological, neural, visual, circumorbital, locomotor, postural and masticatory specializations of the first primates. This integrative neontological and paleontological perspective is critical for understanding major behavioral and morphological transformations during the later evolution of higher primate clades. Primate Origins: Adaptations and Evolution is ideal for advanced undergraduates, graduate students and professionals in the fields of primatology, anthropology, mammalogy, and paleontology.

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From the reviews:

"The outgrowth of a conference on the adaptive/phylogenetic aspects of the group’s origin, this book includes 23 chapters in four sections. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers." (E. Delson, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (2), 2007)

"Primate Origins is a weighty tome, both literally and figuratively. … The book derives from an international symposium on primate origins … . Space prohibits me from elaborating further upon the numerous merits of this fine volume. It would make an excellent foundation for graduate-level seminars on primate origins. All 1.3 kg of it deserves to be read and pondered by serious students of primate evolution." (Chris Beard, International Journal of Primatology, Vol. 28, 2007)


Table of contents (4 chapters)

  • A Molecular Classification for the Living Orders of Placental Mammals and the Phylogenetic Placement of Primates

    M. S. Springer, W. J. Murphy, E. Eizirik, et al.

    Pages 1-28

  • Primate Gaits and Primate Origins

    M. Cartmill, P. Lemelin, D. Schmitt

    Pages 403-435

  • New Skeletons of Paleocene-Eocene Plesiadapiformes: A Diversity of Arboreal Positional Behaviors in Early Primates

    J. I. Bloch, D. M. Boyer

    Pages 535-581

  • Parallelisms Among Primates and Possums

    D. T. Rasmussen, R. W. Sussman

    Pages 775-803

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Primate Origins: Adaptations and Evolution
Editors
  • Matthew J. Ravosa
  • Marian Dagosto
Series Title
Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag US
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-33507-0
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-33507-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-387-30335-2
Series ISSN
1574-3489
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXX, 829
Topics