Primate Distribution Patterns: Analyses of Fossils, Molecules, Behavioral Ecology, and Paleoenvironment
This book is a collection of studies that fall into one of two general categories: ecological biogeography, the study of a taxon’s distribution patterns based on its interactions with the physical and biotic environment, or historical biogeography, the investigation of events that led to the origin and dispersal of a taxon. The contributed works cover a broad range of primate groups (lemurs, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, apes), geographic areas (Madagascar, South America, Africa, SE Asia), time periods (Eocene through Holocene), and research methods (ecological surveys, anatomical studies, and population genetic analyses).
While most of the studies include only moderate discussion of the relationship between a taxon’s ecology and its distribution, a few focus exclusively on such issues. In one of the early chapters, Lehman et al. examine the levels of primate diversity in four different forest habitats (basimontane, terra firme, riparian, and swamp) in Guyana and find that...
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