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Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide
Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide is stunning. There is simply no better way I can think of to gain an appreciation of the primate family than to peruse Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide. The illustrations are rich and individual. They bring out the characteristics of each species in a unique manner. Simply seen as art, the illustrations stand alone as remarkable.
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Princeton: Princeton University Press, Octavo, dustwrapper, colour illustrations, line drawings, maps. Stunningly illustrated, this guide covers nearly species of the world's primates, from the feather-light and solitary pygmy mouse lemurs of Madagascar, to the regal mountain gorillas of Africa. Organized by region and covering every primate family, the book features 72 splendid colour plates, facing-page descriptions of key features of each family, and 86 colour distribution maps. This guide also includes concise introductory chapters that discuss the latest findings on primate origins and evolution, behaviour and adaptations, and classification, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date primate guide available. More about Bonobos: unique in mind, brain, and behavior.
Jean-Jacques Petter. The text is authoritative and readable and includes very good sections on the evolution of primates and the roles of environment and competition in influencing primate adaptations. There are also excellent chapters on territorial behavior, social organization, and sociality. The book is richly and beautifully illustrated by Francois Desbordes, and there are excellent life histories for each primate species. Primates of the World belongs on the shelf of anyone who wants to expand his or her understanding of human origins and of anyone who is captivated by the rich personal experiences, long-term detailed field observations, and passionate conservation messages of Diane Fossey and Jane Goodall.