Primate Communities

Primate Communities

Although the behavior and ecology of primates has been more thoroughly studied than that of any other group of mammals, there have been very few attempts to compare the communities of living primates found in different parts of the world. In Primate Communities, an international group of experts compares the composition, behavior, and ecology of primate communities in Africa, Asia, Madagascar, and South America. They examine the factors underlying the similarities and differences among these communities, including their phylogenetic history, climate, rainfall, soil type, forest composition, competition with other vertebrates, and human activities. As it brings together information about primate communities from around the world for the very first time, it will quickly become an important source book for researchers in anthropology, ecology, and conservation, and a readable and informative text for undergraduate and graduate students studying primate ecology, primate conservation, or primate behavior.


"Ultimately, this book promises to be widely used...a valuable resource to a diverse audience." Bulletin of the Canadian Society of Zoologists

"This timely and exciting volume provides an enormous amount of information on primates and the habitats in which they are found around the world...The collection is ideal for advanced undergraduate courses and graduate courses in primate conservation, ecology and/or behavior. I have no doubt that it will shape the scope and scale(s) at which students and scholars of primate biology will be addressing their research questions for years to come." Animal Behaviour

"In addition to being required reading for most promatologists, many chapters in this volume will also be of interest to students of ecology in general...this book provides an excellent synthesis of data on nonhuman primates throughout the world; yet, at the same time, it should stimulate us to standardize data collection in out attempt to understand primates at the community level..." Journal of Anthropological Research

"[A] book which is unique in primatology in that it presents information on the few long term field projects that have focused on the dynamics of primate communities, rather than on a single species. It is written by leading primatologists that all have years of field research to their credit." Ecoscience

"The book contains useful chapters for introductory courses in wildlife management, conservation biology, primatology, although most chapters will probably be better targeted advanced under-graduate or graduate students...The exercise of comparison made by the author of this book extremely useful in pinpointing the areas where data need to be collected." EcoScience