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The Evolution of Primate Societies


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In 1987, the University of Chicago Press published Primate Societies, the standard reference in the field of primate behavior for an entire generation of students and scientists. But in the twenty-five years since its publication, new theories and research techniques for studying the Primate order have been developed, debated, and tested, forcing scientists to revise their understanding of our closest living relatives.

Intended as a sequel to Primate Societies, The Evolution of Primate Societies compiles thirty-one chapters that review the current state of knowledge regarding the behavior of nonhuman primates. Chapters are written by the leading authorities in the field and organized around four major adaptive problems primates face as they strive to grow, maintain themselves, and reproduce in the wild. The inclusion of chapters on the behavior of humans at the end of each major section represents one particularly novel aspect of the book, and it will remind readers what we can learn about ourselves through research on nonhuman primates. The final section highlights some of the innovative and cutting-edge research designed to reveal the similarities and differences between nonhuman and human primate cognition. The Evolution of Primate Societies will be every bit the landmark publication its predecessor has been.

About the Author

John C. Mitani is the James N. Spuhler Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan.

Josep Call is a senior scientist and director of the Wandouml;lfgang Kohler Primate Research Centre at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

Peter M. Kappeler is head of the Department of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology/Anthropology at the University of Gandouml;ttingen.

Ryne A. Palombit is associate professor of anthropology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Joan B. Silk is professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for Society and Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents


Richard Wrangham


1. Introduction

The Editors

Part 1. Primate Behavioral Diversity

Table A.1 Taxonomy of Living Primates

2. The Behavioral Ecology of Strepsirrhines and Tarsiers

Peter M. Kappeler

3. The Behavior, Ecology, and Social Evolution of New World Monkeys

Eduardo Fernandez-Duque, Anthony Di Fiore, and Maren Huck

4. The Behavioral Ecology of Colobine Monkeys

Elisabeth H. M. Sterck

5. The Behavior, Ecology, and Social Evolution of Cercopithecine Monkeys

Marina Cords

6. The Apes: Taxonomy, Biogeography, Life Histories, and Behavioral Ecology

David P. Watts

Part 2. Surviving and Growing Up in a Difficult and Dangerous World

7. Food as a Selective Force in Primates

Colin A. Chapman, Jessica M. Rothman, and Joanna E. Lambert

8. Predation

Claudia Fichtel

9. Ecological and Social Influcences on Sociality

Oliver Schand#252;lke and Julia Ostner

10. Life-History Evolution

Carel P. van Schaik and Karin Isler

11. Socialization and Development of Behavior

Elizabeth V. Lonsdorf and Stephen R. Ross

12. Genetic Consequences of Primate Social Organization

Anthony Di Fiore

13 Human Survival and Life History in Evolutionary Perspective

Michael Gurven

Part 3. Mating and Rearing Offspring

14. From Maternal Investment to Lifetime Maternal Care

Maria A. van Noordwijk

15. Magnitude and Sources of Variation in Female Reproductive Performance

Anne Pusey

16. Mate Choice

Peter M. Kappeler

17. Mating, Parenting, and Male Reproductive Strategies

Martin N. Muller and Melissa Emery Thompson

18. Magnitude and Sources of Variation in Male Reproductive Performance

Susan C. Alberts

19. Infanticide: Male Strategies and Female Counterstrategies

Ryne A. Palombit

20. The Socioecology of Human Reproduction

Frank W. Marlowe

Part 4. Getting Along

21. Cooperation Among Kin

Kevin A. Langergraber

22. Cooperation among Non-kin:and#160;Reciprocity, Markets, Mutualism

Ian C. Gilby

23. The Regulation of Social Relationships

Filippo Aureli, Orlaith N. Fraser, Colleen M. Schaffner, and Gabriele Schino

24. The Adaptive Value of Sociality

Joan B. Silk

25. Social Regard: Evolving a Psychology of Cooperation

Keith Jensen

26. Human Sociality

Michael Alvard

Part 5. Cognitive Strategies for Coping with Life's Challenges

27. Solving Ecological Problems

Charles Menzel

28. Knowledge of Social Relations

Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney

29. Communication Strategies

Klaus Zuberband#252;hler

30. Understanding Other Minds

Josep Call and Laurie R. Santos

31. Social Learning, Traditions, and Culture

Andrew Whiten

32. Human Cultural Cognition

Esther Herrmann and Michael Tomasello



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Mitani, John C. (edt)
University of Chicago Press
Mitani, John C
Call, Josep
Palombit, Ryne A.
Palombit, Ryne
Silk, Joan
Kappeler, Peter M.
Silk, Joan B.
Mitani, John
Environmental Studies-General
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