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Fossil Primates

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

  • Date Published: June 2015
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521183024

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  • Reconstructing the paleobiology of fossil non-human primates, this book is intended as an exposition of non-human primate evolution that includes information about evolutionary theory and processes, paleobiology, paleoenvironment, how fossils are formed, how fossils illustrate evolutionary processes, the reconstruction of life from fossils, the formation of the primate fossil record, functional anatomy, and the genetic bases of anatomy. Throughout, the emphasis of the book is on the biology of fossil primates, not their taxonomic classification or systematics, or formal species descriptions. The author draws detailed pictures of the paleoenvironment of fossil primates, including contemporary animals and plants, and ancient primate communities, emphasizing our ability to reconstruct lifeways from fragmentary bones and teeth, using functional anatomy, stable isotopes from enamel and collagen, and high resolution CT-scans of the cranium. Fossil Primates will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in evolutionary anthropology, primatology and vertebrate paleobiology.

    • Discusses the genetic bases underlying anatomy in an evolutionary development ('evo-devo') framework – novel anatomical structures are explained in connection with the exploding field of experimental embryology
    • Investigates how fossil primates fit within evolutionary patterns seen among other mammals - species and speciation, extinction, and rates of evolutionary change are examined
    • Examines the formation of fossils and the nature of the fossil record – by incorporating geological processes with paleontology, the reader can easily understand how fossil primates can preserve events of the past
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    '… students will get a lively introduction to some of the palaeobiology and geographical/ecological context of many of our non-hominin fossil relatives.' Todd C. Rae, Primate Eye

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521183024
    • length: 315 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 174 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 103 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: primates in evolutionary time
    2. Primate taxonomy
    3. Fossils and fossilization
    4. The world of the past
    5. The lifeways of extinct animals
    6. Evolutionary processes and the pattern of primate evolution
    7. Primate origins
    8. The Paleocene primate radiation
    9. The Eocene primate radiation
    10. The Malagasy primate radiation
    11. The Oligocene bottleneck
    12. Rise of the anthropoids
    13. The platyrrhine radiation
    14. The Miocene hominoid radiation
    15. The cercopithecoid radiation
    16. Late Cenozoic climate changes
    17. Conclusions

  • Author

    Susan Cachel, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    Susan Cachel is Professor of Physical Anthropology at Rutgers University. She is on the Executive Committee of the Rutgers Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES) since 2010 and a member of the graduate interdisciplinary Quaternary Studies Program at Rutgers since 2000. She has taught and performed research at the Koobi Fora Field School in northern Kenya, and she is currently a research associate of the Kenya National Museums (Nairobi). She was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for 'incisive contributions to hominization theory, the role of nutritional fat in human occupation of high latitudes, and primate evolution'. Her previous title, Primate and Human Evolution, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.

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