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Gorilla Biology
A Multidisciplinary Perspective

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

Andrea B. Taylor, Michele L. Goldsmith, Russell H. Tuttle, Colin P. Groves, Rebecca M. Stumpf, John D. Polk, John F. Oates, William L. Jungers, Christopher P. Heesy, John G. Fleagle, Gene H. Albrecht, Bruce R. Gelvin, Joseph M. A. Miller, Steven R. Leigh, John H. Relethford, Paul B. Park, Lyle W. Konigsberg, Sandra E. Inouye, Michael I. Jensen-Seaman, Amos S. Dienard, Kenneth K. Kidd, Stephen L. Clifford, Katherine A. Abernethy, L. J. T. White, Caroline E. G. Tutin, M. W. Bruford , E. Jane Wickings, David P. Watts, Juichi Yamagiwa, Kanyunyi Basabose, Kiswele Kaleme, Takakazu Yumoto, Melissa J. Remis, Alexander H. Harcourt, Andrew J. Plumptre, Alastair McNeilage, Jefferson D. Hall, Esteban E. Sarmiento, John F. Oates, Kelly L. McFarland, Jacqueline L. Groves, Richard A. Bergl, Joshua M. Linder, Todd R. Disotell
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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521078917

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  • Gorillas, one of our closest living relatives, are the largest living primates, and teeter on the brink of extinction. This study offers the first comparative perspective on gorilla populations throughout their natural range, and covers all known subspecies. Discussing phylogeny, evolution, functional morphology, behavioral ecology and conservation biology, this multidisciplinary work will be essential reading for primatologists, anthropologists, animal behaviorists and evolutionary biologists.

    • First book to offer a comparative perspective on all the known subspecies of gorilla
    • Takes multidisciplinary approach, integrating work in morphology, genetics, behavioural ecology and conservation biology
    • Written by leading experts in the field
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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521078917
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 65 b/w illus. 61 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Andrea B. Taylor and Michele L. Goldsmith
    Acknowledgements
    Part I. Gorilla Taxonomy and Comparative Morphology:
    1. Gorillas: how important, how many, how long? Russell H. Tuttle
    2. A history of gorilla taxonomy Colin P. Groves
    3. Patterns of diversity in gorilla cranial morphology Rebecca M. Stumpf, John D. Polk, John F. Oates, William L. Jungers, Christopher P. Heesy, Colin P. Groves and John G. Fleagle
    4. The hierarchy of intraspecific craniometric variation in gorillas: a population-thinking approach with implications for fossil species recognition studies Gene H. Albrecht, Bruce R. Gelvin and Joseph M. A. Miller
    5. Morphological differentiation of Gorilla subspecies Steven R. Leigh, John H. Relethford, Paul B. Park and Lyle W. Konigsberg
    6. Ontogeny and function of masticatory form in Gorilla: functional, evolutionary and taxonomic implications Andrea B. Taylor
    7. Ontogenetic variation in Gorilla postcranial morphology Sandra E. Inouye
    Part II. Molecular Genetics:
    8. Gorilla systematics, taxonomy and conservation in the era of genomics Oliver A. Ryder
    9. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA estimates of divergence between western and eastern gorillas Michael I. Jensen-Seaman, Amos S. Dienard and Kenneth K. Kidd
    10. Genetic studies of western gorillas Stephen L. Clifford, Katherine A. Abernethy, L. J. T. White, Caroline E. G. Tutin, M. W. Bruford and E. Jane Wickings
    Part III. Behavioral Ecology:
    11. Behavioral ecology Caroline E. Tutin
    12. Gorilla social relationships: a comparative overview David P. Watts
    13. Within-group feeding competition and socioecological factors influencing social organisation of gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo Juichi Yamagiwa, Kanyunyi Basabose, Kiswele Kaleme and Takakazu Yumoto
    14. Comparative behavioral ecology of a lowland and highland gorilla population: where do Bwindi gorillas fit? Michele L. Goldsmith
    15. Are gorillas vacuum cleaners of the forest floor? The roles of body size, habitat and food preferences on gorilla dietary flexibility and nutrition Melissa J. Remis
    Part IV. Gorilla Conservation:
    16. Gorilla conservation Alexander H. Harcourt
    17. The current status of gorillas and threats to their existence at the beginning of a new millennium Andrew J. Plumptre, Alastair McNeilage and Jefferson D. Hall
    18. Distribution, taxonomy, genetics, ecology and causal links of gorilla survival: the need to develop practical knowledge for gorilla conservation Esteban E. Sarmiento
    19. The Cross River gorilla: the natural history and status of a neglected and critically endangered subspecies John F. Oates, Kelly L. McFarland, Jacqueline L. Groves, Richard A. Bergl, Joshua M. Linder and Todd R. Disotell
    Afterword Michele L. Goldsmith and Andrea B. Taylor.

  • Editors

    Andrea B. Taylor, Duke University, North Carolina
    Andrea Taylor is Assistant Professor in the Departments of Community and Family Medicine and Biological Anthropology and Anatomy at Duke University.

    Michele L. Goldsmith, Tufts University, Massachusetts
    Michele Goldsmith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

    Contributors

    Andrea B. Taylor, Michele L. Goldsmith, Russell H. Tuttle, Colin P. Groves, Rebecca M. Stumpf, John D. Polk, John F. Oates, William L. Jungers, Christopher P. Heesy, John G. Fleagle, Gene H. Albrecht, Bruce R. Gelvin, Joseph M. A. Miller, Steven R. Leigh, John H. Relethford, Paul B. Park, Lyle W. Konigsberg, Sandra E. Inouye, Michael I. Jensen-Seaman, Amos S. Dienard, Kenneth K. Kidd, Stephen L. Clifford, Katherine A. Abernethy, L. J. T. White, Caroline E. G. Tutin, M. W. Bruford , E. Jane Wickings, David P. Watts, Juichi Yamagiwa, Kanyunyi Basabose, Kiswele Kaleme, Takakazu Yumoto, Melissa J. Remis, Alexander H. Harcourt, Andrew J. Plumptre, Alastair McNeilage, Jefferson D. Hall, Esteban E. Sarmiento, John F. Oates, Kelly L. McFarland, Jacqueline L. Groves, Richard A. Bergl, Joshua M. Linder, Todd R. Disotell

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