Comparative Biology and Evolutionary Relationships of Tree Shrews

  • W. Patrick Luckett

Part of the Advances in Primatology book series (AIPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Systematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Cranioskeletal System and Dentition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Frederick S. Szalay, Gerrell Drawhorn
      Pages 133-169
    3. Percy M. Butler
      Pages 171-204
    4. Louis L. Jacobs
      Pages 205-216
  4. Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
  5. Reproductive System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
  6. Molecular Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Howard Dene, Morris Goodman, William Prychodko, Genji Matsuda
      Pages 269-291
    3. J. E. Cronin, V. M. Sarich
      Pages 293-312
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 313-314

About this book


Tree shrews are small-bodied, scansorial, squirrel-like mammals that occupy a wide range of arboreal, semi-arboreal, and forest floor niches in Southeast Asia and adjacent islands. Comparative aspects of tree shrew biology have been the subject of extensive investigations during the past two decades. These studies were initiated in part because of the widely accepted belief that tupaiids are primitive primates, and, as such, might provide valuable insight into the evolutionary origin of complex patterns of primate behavior, locomotion, neurobiology, and reproduction. During the same period, there has been a renewed interest in the methodology of phylogenetic reconstruction and in the use of data from a variety of biological disciplines to test or formulate hypotheses of evolutionary relationships. In particular, interest in the com­ parative and systematic biology of mammals has focused on analysis of phy­ logenetic relationships among Primates and a search for their closest relatives. Assessment of the possible primate affinities of tree shrews has comprised an important part of these studies, and a considerable amount of dental, cranio­ skeletal, neuroanatomical, reproductive, developmental, and molecular evi­ dence has been marshalled to either corroborate or refute hypotheses of a special tupaiid-primate relationship. These contrasting viewpoints have re­ sulted from differing interpretations of the basic data, as well as alternative approaches to the evolutionary analysis of data.


biology evolution mammals primates reproduction

Editors and affiliations

  • W. Patrick Luckett
    • 1
  1. 1.Creighton University School of MedicineOmahaUSA

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