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Primate Life Histories and Socioecologyby Peter M. Kappeler
Synopses & Reviews
We know a great deal about roles the environment plays in shaping survival, reproductive success, and even social systems among primates. But how do primate life histories affect social systems and vice versa? Do baboons' patterns of growth, for example, help to structure their societies? Does fission-fusion sociality interact with predator pressure to influence the timing of maturation in chimpanzees?
Exploring these issues and many others, the contributors to Primate Life Histories and Socioecology provide the first systematic attempt to understand relationships among primate life histories, ecology, and social behavior conjointly. Topics covered include how primate life histories interact with rates of evolution, predator pressure, and diverse social structures; how the slow maturation of primates affects the behavior of both young and adult caregivers; and reciprocal relationships between large brains and increased social and behavioral complexity. The first collection of its kind, this book will interest a wide range of researchers, from anthropologists and evolutionary biologists to psychologists and ecologists.
Paul-Michael Agapow, Susan C. Alberts, Jeanne Altmann, Robert A. Barton, Nicholas G. Blurton Jones, Robert O. Deaner, Robin I. M. Dunbar, Jörg U. Ganzhorn, Laurie R. Godfrey, Kristen Hawkes, Nick J. B. Isaac, Charles H. Janson, Kate E. Jones, William L. Jungers, Peter M. Kappeler, Susanne Klaus, Phyllis C. Lee, Steven R. Leigh, Robert D. Martin, James F. O'Connell, Sylvia Ortmann, Michael E. Pereira, Andy Purvis, Caroline Ross, Karen E. Samonds, Jutta Schmid, Stephen C. Stearns, Michael R. Sutherland, Carel P. van Schaik, and Andrea J. Webster.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-384) and indexes.
About the Author
Peter M. Kappeler is the head of the Department of Behavior and Ecology at the German Primate Center in Göttingen. He is editor of Primate Males: Causes and Consequences of Variation in Group Composition and coeditor of Lemur Social Systems and Their Ecological Basis.
Michael E. Pereira is a research associate at the Lincoln Park Zoo and a science teacher at the Latin School of Chicago. He is coeditor of Juvenile Primates: Life History, Development, and Behavior, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
Table of Contents
Robert D. Martin
1. Primate Life Histories and Socioecology
Peter M. Kappeler, Michael E. Pereira, and Carel P. van Schaik
Part One - Life History and Socioecology
2. Primate Life Histories and Phylogeny
Andy Purvis, Andrea J. Webster, Paul-Michael Agapow, Kate E. Jones, and Nick J. B. Isaac
3. Socioecological Correlates of Phenotypic Plasticity of Primate Life Histories
Phyllis C. Lee and Peter M. Kappeler
4. Matrix Models for Primate Life History Analysis
Susan C. Alberts and Jeanne Altmann
5. Puzzles, Predation, and Primates: Using Life History to Understand Selection Pressures
Charles H. Janson
6. Adaptations to Seasonality: Some Primate and Nonprimate Examples
Jörg U. Ganzhorn, Susanne Klaus, Sylvia Ortmann, and Jutta Schmid
Part Two - Development
7. Modes of Primate Development
Michael E. Pereira and Steven R. Leigh
8. Dental Development and Primate Life Histories
Laurie R. Godfrey, Karen E. Samonds, William L. Jungers, and Michael R. Sutherland
9. Human Life Histories: Primate Trade-offs, Grandmothering Socioecology, and the Fossil Record
Kristen Hawkes, J. F. OConnell, and Nicholas G. Blurton Jones
Part Three - Evolution of Primate Brains
10. Primate Brains and Life Histories: Renewing the Connection
Robert O. Deaner, Robert A. Barton, and Carel P. van Schaik
11. Life History, Infant Care Strategies, and Brain Size in Primates
12 Why Are Apes So Smart?
Robin I. M. Dunbar
Part Four - Where Do We Go From Here?
13. Primate Life Histories and Future Research
Stephen C. Stearns, Michael E. Pereira, and Peter M. Kappeler
Appendix: A Primate Life History Database
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