, Volume 45, Issue 4, pp 283–284 | Cite as

Joanna M. Setchell and Deborah J. Curtis (eds): Field and laboratory methods in primatology

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003. 343pp
  • Agustín FuentesEmail author
Book Review

The book Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology is subtitled “a practical guide,” and for the most part, it is. As the first accessible and nearly comprehensive overview of primatological methodologies in over two decades, this book is long overdue and yet, well worth the wait. The 21 chapters, foreword, and introduction compiled by editors Joanna M. Setchell and Deborah J. Curtis make for easy reading and a realistic, concise review of the dramatic complexity and exciting methodological maturity that characterizes much of primatology today.

The chapters are relatively brief and vary somewhat in the detail and presentation of the information; however, all deserve a good read. Most provide appropriate references for further in-depth discussion and therefore act to introduce a methodological topic and its parameters and to provide a glimpse of what the practice of said methodology entails. In a broad sense the book is divided into sections along the following lines: interacting with...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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