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Primate Anatomy, Third Edition: An Introduction

Primate Anatomy, Third Edition: An Introduction
Author: Friderun Ankel-Simons
ISBN 13: 9780123725769
ISBN 10: 123725763
Edition: 3
Publisher: Academic Press
Publication Date: 2007-01-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 752
List Price: $89.95

This book is unlike ay other work on primates: it systematically reviews the biology of all living primates, including humans. It describes their bio-geographical information and provides crucial data pertaining to their body size, fur coloration external distinguishing features, habitat and basic life strategies.

Now in its third edition, Primate Anatomy discusses species that are new to science since the last edition with details concerning anatomical features among primates that were re-discovered. New research in molecular primatology is also included due to recent relevant findings in molecular biology in accordance with new technology. The basics of biological taxonomy are introduced, along with photographs of all major groups. Important new and controversal issues make this edition key for every primatologists, anthropologist, and anatomist.

* Offers up-to-date reviews of molecular primatology and primate genomics
* Concentrates on living primates and their overall biology
* Discusses the genetic connection of function where known
* Introduces primate genomics for the first time in a textbook
* Provides instructive and comprehensive review tables
* Includes many unique, novel and easily understandable illustrations

Michael Cummings

Students and teachers of primatology will welcome the new edition of this standard text. This book is a brief, readable account of primate taxonomy, comparative anatomy, cytogenetics, and molecular evolution. It is intended primarily as a text for undergraduate or beginning graduate courses in primatology or primate anatomy, and is one of the few texts in the field. The text is well organized, well-written, and up-to-date. The author begins with a series of introductory chapters on taxonomy and the history of primatology, and a survey of living primates. This latter chapter is a sobering reminder of how little we know about some of the nearly extinct species of lower primates, and their importance in reconstructing our own evolutionary history. The body of the text is a group of seven chapters organized by body systems, beginning with the skull and ending with growth and reproduction. In the last two chapters the author deals with cytogeneties, blood groups, and molecular techniques used in studying primate evolution. If there are any faults to be noted, they would be the lack of data and figures in these chapters. The evolution of chromosomes in primates is complex and a few figures of specific examples would make this material more useful, as would some data from DNA studies on the taxonomy of primates. These minor caveats aside, this well-written, well-organized new edition will continue to serve as a useful text or brief reference work for those who seek an introduction to the basic ideas in primate biology.