1st Edition

Primate Behavior and Human Origins

ISBN 9781138853171
Published November 6, 2015 by Routledge
462 Pages

USD $54.95

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Book Description

This comprehensive introduction demonstrates the theoretical perspectives and concepts that are applied to primate behavior, and explores the relevance of non-human primates to understanding human behavior. Using a streamlined and student-friendly taxonomic framework, King provides a thorough overview of the primate order. The chapters cover common features and diversity, and touch on ecology, sociality, life history, and cognition. Text boxes are included throughout the discussion featuring additional topics and more sophisticated taxonomy. The book contains a wealth of illustrations, and further resources to support teaching and learning are available via a companion website. Written in an engaging and approachable style, this is an invaluable resource for students of primate behavior as well as human evolution.

Table of Contents


1. The Primates: Meet Your Relatives

2. The Study of Primate Behavior

3. Primate Ecology and Behavior: Common Features

4. The Strepsirrhine Suborder

5. The Lorisiform Infraorder: Strepsirrhines in the Dark

6. Lorisiform Variation: Leapers and Creepers

7. The Lemuriform Infraorder: Island Refuge

8. Lemuriform Variation: The Night Life

9. Lemuriform Variation in the Light of Day

10. The Tarsioid Suborder: Common Features and Variation

11. The Anthropoid Suborder: Monkeys and Apes

12. The Platyrrhine Infraorder: New World Monkeys

13. Platyrrhine Variation: Atelids and Pitheciids

14. Platyrrhine Variation: Cebids

15. Cebines: Squirrel Monkeys and Capuchins

16. The Catarrhine Infraorder: Old World Monkeys and Apes

17. The Cercopithecoid Superfamily: Old World Monkeys

18. Cercopithecoid Variation: Leaf Eaters and Cheek Pouchers

19. A Cercopithecine Tribe: the Guenons

20. A Cercopithecine Tribe: the Papionins

21. Genus Papio: the Real Baboons

22. The Hominoid Superfamily: Apes Small and Large

23. Great Apes of Asia: Orangutans

24. Great Apes of Africa: Gorillas

25. Great Apes of Africa: Common Chimpanzees

26. Bonobos: Lightweight Chimpanzees

27. Human Origins: the Last Common Ancestor

28. Early Hominin Evolution: the Australopiths

29. Our Evolutionary Heritage: The Primate in Us

30. Primate Conservation: Will Any Be Left?

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Glenn E. King is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Anthropology at Monmouth University, USA.

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"King has produced a much needed, up to date, and highly readable undergraduate text. His lively and engaging book is a terrific introduction to the natural history of primates."

- W. Scott McGraw, Ohio State University

"This book is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students. The key steps of human evolution emerge against a background of adaptations observed in non-human primate societies. The book is comprehensive and up-to-date. It is easy to read thanks to the original and enjoyable writing style of the author. Recommended!"

- Giuseppe Donati, Oxford Brookes University

"Most importantly, the book is written in a cogent manner. Overall, it illustrates how humans understand the characteristics of non-human primates. Unlike other volumes that comprise chapters written by multiple authors, this volume benefits from a single voice and vision. Summing Up: Recommended."

- L. K. Sheeran, Central Washington University in CHOICE

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