Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 213–216 | Cite as

Primate Distribution Patterns: Analyses of Fossils, Molecules, Behavioral Ecology, and Paleoenvironment

Primate Biogeography: Progress and Prospects. Edited by Shawn M. Lehman and John G. Fleagle. New York: Springer Publishing. 2006. 535 pp., $149.00 (cloth). ISBN-10: 0-387-29871-1.
  • Anthony J. TosiEmail author
Book Reviews

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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of AnthropologyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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