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Primate Behavioral Ecology (3rd Edition) Paperback – August 10, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0205444328 ISBN-10: 0205444326 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon; 3 edition (August 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205444326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205444328
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Primate Behavioral Ecology

Third Edition

Karen B. Strier

 

Overview:

 

Primate Behavioral Ecology, described as “an engaging, cutting-edge exposition,” incorporates exciting new discoveries in its introduction to the field and its applications of behavioral ecology to primate conservation.

One reviewer declares, “I can't imagine teaching a course on primate behavior or ecology without this text.”

Another reviewer states, “Overall, the synthesis and integration are outstanding…this is one of the best organized textbooks that I have ever seen, in any field…it is clear that Strier is actively involved in the forefront and not some armchair type!”

Another adds, “Strier's writing style is a huge asset to keeping current information comprehensible for the target audience.”

Like no other text on the market, this comprehensive text integrates the basics of evolutionary and ecological approaches and new noninvasive molecular and hormonal techniques to the study of primate behavior with up-to-date coverage of how different primates behave. Examples are drawn from the “classic” primate field studies and more recent studies on previously neglected species, illustrating the vast behavioral variation that we now know exists and the gaps in our knowledge that future studies will fill.

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Features:

  • Includes long-term studies across the primate order, including “New World Monkeys” and prosimians as well as “Old World Monkeys,” which demonstrate much greater diversity than baboons, macaques, or apes encompass.
  • Covers both social behavior and ecological adaptations.
  • Emphasizes the interplay between theory, observation, and conservation issues throughout.
  • Illustrates primates and behavioral and ecological principles through more than 150 photos and 50 graphs and diagrams.
  • Discusses consequences of behavior patterns, such as how dispersal affects gene flow and why fragmented populations are at risk of extinction.
  • Integrates classic studies, theoretical papers, and review articles with current references–nearly 1,000 in all.

About the Author

Karen B. Strier (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1986) has been Hilldale Professor of Anthropology and Affiliate Professor of Zoology At University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1989. Her main research interests are to understand the behavioral ecology of primates from a comparative perspective, and to contribute to conservation efforts on their behalf. She has been studying the Northern Muriqui in Brazil's Atlantic forest since 1982. She is also the author of Faces in the Forest: the Endangered Muriqui Monkeys of Brazil.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Henry C Aalders on February 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
A good survey text of primate social ecology. Strier's work among new world primates makes this book better than most which are too heavily biased towards macaque and chimp studies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By skittish urinator on April 6, 2012
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I'm just becoming interested in biology.
I've read about a third of the book, and I'm half way through because I skipped some parts while I collected information for my essay. I still haven't read about development and communication.

A major focus is explaining primate behaviors and morphology from the ecological and evolutionary perspectives. It takes into account things like population distribution, food supply, and dominance hierarchies. The chapters always start out very interesting although some of her in-depth explanations of why the primates behave in particular ways made me yawn, but I'm more interested in cellular biology anyway. There are distinguished portions of text that contain fascinating topics which encompass subjects beyond primatology.

The parts comparing primate diets and primate anatomy were very interesting. They led me to get other primate books which are more aligned with my interests.

If you get the third edition, as I did, be aware that the taxonomic tree on page 52 is out-dated. Superfamily Hominoidea has undergone some major renovations.
The book acknowledges the Tarsier's debated classification, although you won't know about it if you just look at the picture without reading the chapter's text.
The back of the book has a great, long table categorizing every primate species.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matraca Parish on August 24, 2013
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The text is solid without being too heavy. I found it to be a fairly easy read (all textbooks are at least a little dry). The book itself isn't terribly thick and when supplemented with quality lectures it makes for a great textbook. I would recommend it to students and instructors alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deana on October 18, 2013
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I had to buy this book for my primatology class this semester. The book is very informative and a good starting point for those interested in Primatology.
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