eBook The Britannica Guide to Predators and Prey: Primates, 1st Edition

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  • DDC: 599.8
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 256 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
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Overview

From lemurs to apes to human beings, primates are unique among mammals—for example, our brains are large compared to our size. Our complex interactions, intricate social structures, and extensive range of emotions allow us to adapt and thrive in diverse habitats around the globe. In this volume, readers are invited into the many domains of these extraordinary creatures to discover the incredible diversity of primate species. Readers will also learn about the long history of human beings, from our earliest ancestors, the australopiths, to the homo sapiens of today.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents.
Introduction.
1: The General Features of Primates.
2: Size Range and Adaptive Diversity.
3: Brachiation.
4: Distribution and Abundance.
5: Natural History of Primates.
6: Reproduction and Life Cycle.
7: Growth and Longevity.
8: Locomotion.
9: Diet.
10: Circadian Rhythm.
11: Size in Evolutionary Perspective.
12: Forest and Savanna.
13: Primate Morphology.
14: General Structure.
15: Vertebral Column and Posture.
16: Hands and Feet.
17: Teeth.
18: Snouts, Muzzles, and Noses.
19: Nasal Conchae.
20: Sensory Reception and the Brain.
21: Touch.
22: Eyes and Vision.
23: Nervous Integration.
24: The Brain.
25: Reproductive System.
26: Male and Female Genitalia.
27: Placenta.
28: Primate Paleontology and Evolution.
29: Barbary Macaques.
30: Renewed Interest in Primate Origins.
31: Louis S.B. Leakey.
32: Richard Leakey.
33: The Primate Fossil Record.
34: Meave G. Leakey.
35: Cretaceous.
36: Paleocene.
37: Eocene.
38: Ida.
39: Oligocene.
40: Miocene.
41: Lluc.
42: Pliocene.
43: Pleistocene.
44: Classification.
45: Lemurs.
46: General Features.
47: Lemur Diversity.
48: Types of Lemurs.
49: Avahis.
50: Aye-Ayes.
51: Bush Babies.
52: Indris.
53: Lorises.
54: Pottos.
55: Sifakas.
56: Tarsiers.
57: Monkeys.
58: General Features.
59: Old World Monkeys versus New World Monkeys.
60: African Monkeys.
61: Baboons.
62: Colobus Monkeys.
63: DeBrazza's Monkey.
64: Diana Monkeys.
65: Drills.
66: Geladas.
67: Guenons.
68: Hamadryas.
69: Mandrills.
70: Mangabeys.
71: Mona Monkeys.
72: Owl-Faced Monkeys.
73: Patas Monkeys.
74: Swamp Monkeys.
75: Talapoins.
76: Asian Monkeys.
77: Bonnet Monkeys.
78: Celebes Crested Macaques.
79: Doucs.
80: Langurs.
81: Proboscis Monkeys.
82: Macaques.
83: Rhesus Monkeys.
84: Snub-Nosed Monkeys.
85: New World Monkeys.
86: Durukulis.
87: Howler Monkeys.
88: Marmosets.
89: Golden Lion Tamarins.
90: Sakis.
91: Spider Monkeys.
92: Squirrel Monkeys.
93: Titis.
94: Uakaris.
95: Woolly Monkeys.
96: Woolly Spider Monkeys.
97: Apes.
98: Hominidae.
99: Bonobos.
100: Chimpanzees.
101: Natural History.
102: Social Behaviour.
103: Jane Goodall.
104: Intelligence.
105: Taxonomy.
106: Gibbons.
107: Siamangs.
108: Gorillas.
109: Dian Fossey.
110: Orangutans.
111: Early Hominins.
112: The Australopiths.
113: Australopithecus.
114: Australopithecus Anamensis.
115: Ardi.
116: Australopithecus Afarensis and A. Garhi.
117: Lucy.
118: Australopithecus Africanus.
119: Paranthropus Aethiopicus.
120: Paranthropus Robustus and P. Boisei.
121: Relationship to Homo.
122: Quality of the Fossil Record.
123: Changes in Anatomy.
124: Early Humans.
125: Homo Habilis.
126: The Fossil Evidence.
127: Koobi Fora.
128: Body Structure.
129: Average Capacity of the Braincase in Fossil Hominins.
130: Behavioral Inferences.
131: Evolutionary Implications.
132: Dating the Fossils.
133: Dating Hominin Fossils with Molecular Clocks.
134: Homo Erectus.
135: Fossil Evidence.
136: Zhoukoudian.
137: Dating the Fossils.
138: Body Structure.
139: Behavioral Inferences.
140: Relationship to Homo Sapiens.
141: Recent Humans.
142: Homo Heidelbergensis.
143: Neanderthals.
144: Atapuerca.
145: The Fossil Evidence.
146: Neanderthal Origins and Anatomy.
147: La Chapelle-Aux-Saints.
148: The Fate of the Neanderthals.
149: Neanderthal Behaviour.
150: Homo Floresiensis.
151: Homo Sapiens.
152: Behavioral Influences.
153: Bodily Structure.
154: Modern Populations.
155: Conclusion.
Glossary.
Bibliography.
Index.