Advances in Primatology

Comparative Biology and Evolutionary Relationships of Tree Shrews

Editors: Luckett, W. Patrick (Ed.)

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Tree shrews are small-bodied, scansorial, squirrel-like mammals that occupy a wide range of arboreal, semi-arboreal, and forest floor niches in Southeast Asia and adjacent islands. Comparative aspects of tree shrew biology have been the subject of extensive investigations during the past two decades. These studies were initiated in part because of the widely accepted belief that tupaiids are primitive primates, and, as such, might provide valuable insight into the evolutionary origin of complex patterns of primate behavior, locomotion, neurobiology, and reproduction. During the same period, there has been a renewed interest in the methodology of phylogenetic reconstruction and in the use of data from a variety of biological disciplines to test or formulate hypotheses of evolutionary relationships. In particular, interest in the com­ parative and systematic biology of mammals has focused on analysis of phy­ logenetic relationships among Primates and a search for their closest relatives. Assessment of the possible primate affinities of tree shrews has comprised an important part of these studies, and a considerable amount of dental, cranio­ skeletal, neuroanatomical, reproductive, developmental, and molecular evi­ dence has been marshalled to either corroborate or refute hypotheses of a special tupaiid-primate relationship. These contrasting viewpoints have re­ sulted from differing interpretations of the basic data, as well as alternative approaches to the evolutionary analysis of data.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • The Suggested Evolutionary Relationships and Classification of Tree Shrews

    Luckett, W. Patrick

    Pages 3-31

  • Cranioskeletal Features in Tupaiids and Selected Eutheria as Phylogenetic Evidence

    Novacek, Michael J.

    Pages 35-93

  • Tupaiid Affinities: The Evidence of the Carotid Arteries and Cranial Skeleton

    Cartmill, M. (et al.)

    Pages 95-132

  • Evolution and Diversification of the Archonta in an Arboreal Milieu

    Szalay, Frederick S. (et al.)

    Pages 133-169

  • The Tupaiid Dentition

    Butler, Percy M.

    Pages 171-204

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Comparative Biology and Evolutionary Relationships of Tree Shrews
Editors
  • W. Patrick Luckett
Series Title
Advances in Primatology
Copyright
1980
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-1051-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-1051-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-1053-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 314
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