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    Barbara B. Smuts(Editor),Dorothy L. Cheney(Editor),Robert M. Seyfarth(Editor),Richard W. Wrangham(Editor)

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Primate Societies is a synthesis of the most current
information on primate socioecology and its theoretical and
empirical significance, spanning the disciplines of behavioral
biology, ecology, anthropology, and psychology. It is a very rich
source of ideas about other taxa.

"A superb synthesis of knowledge about the social lives of
non-human primates."—Alan Dixson, Nature

This book, with five editors and 46 contributors, is an important scholarly compilation of current knowledge of primate behavior under wild conditions. Its creation was prompted by the burgeoning of primate studies and the increasingly endangered status of many primate species. The 40 articles are arranged in five sections: a systematic treatment of behavior by taxonomic group; behavior related to ecological conditions; social interactions; communication and intelligence; and the future of primate research. The book will most likely appeal to researchers, students, zoo managers and others who maintain captive primates, and those who seek to use primate behavior to elucidate that of humans. In view of the vast, complex data, the latter will find no simple interpretations. Margery C. Coombs, Zoology Dept., Univ. of Massachusetts, AmherstCopyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By A customer on March 7, 1998

    Many interesting and readable chapters discussing numerous aspects of primate social life. There is one chapter for virtually every primate genus, and many more general chapters as well. As an actuary, I especially enjoyed the chapter on the demography of certain primate populations, particularly rhesus macaques.

  • By Steven Peterson on July 4, 2009

    This volume is now over 20 years old, but it has remained a valuable resource for me. One of my areas of interest is how an understanding of primate behavior and society might inform us somewhat about human nature and human politics. This volume features 40 separate chapters, each authored by an expert. The editors of this volume, Barbara Smuts, Dorothy Cheney, Robert Seyfarth, Richard Wrangham, and Thomas Struhsaker, are all well reputed primatologists.The work is divided into several sections. The first, "Evolution of Diversity," explores the variety of primates, with key aspects of their societies. For instance, one essay examines dominance hierarchies among female prosimians; another looks at cooperative behavior among chimpanzee males; one essay explores territoriality and monogamy among gibbons.Part II examines "Socioecology." Essays consider such key questions as food distribution and foraging behavior, group interactions, the evolution of social structure, and predation. Part III centers on "Group Life," and considers such issues as infants and adult males, gender and aggression, conflict and cooperation.Part IV focuses on "Communication and Intelligence." The last part looks to the future of primates, asking how we might preserve our closest relatives in the living world and what primate research might be like in the future.Even long of tooth, now, this volume still retains value for me in my research and is a high standard against which similar volumes must be compared.

  • By chile peppers on July 17, 2008

    needed to purchase this book at the last minute for my daughter, Amazon and the supplier came through with flying colors...would definitely purchase again..

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