The Evolution of the Primate Hand

Anatomical, Developmental, Functional, and Paleontological Evidence

  • Tracy L. Kivell
  • Pierre Lemelin
  • Brian G. Richmond
  • Daniel Schmitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tracy L. Kivell, Pierre Lemelin, Brian G. Richmond, Daniel Schmitt
    Pages 1-3
  3. Anatomical and Developmental Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Tracy L. Kivell
      Pages 17-54
    3. Biren A. Patel, Stephanie A. Maiolino
      Pages 55-100
    4. Stephanie A. Maiolino, Amanda K. Kingston, Pierre Lemelin
      Pages 195-224
  4. Biomechanical, Experimental and Behavioral Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Evie E. Vereecke, Roshna E. Wunderlich
      Pages 259-284
    3. Dorothy M. Fragaszy, Jessica Crast
      Pages 313-344
    4. Daniel Schmitt, Angel Zeininger, Michael C. Granatosky
      Pages 345-369
  5. Paleontological Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 371-371
    2. Doug M. Boyer, Gabriel S. Yapuncich, Stephen G. B. Chester, Jonathan I. Bloch, Marc Godinot
      Pages 373-419
    3. Laurie R. Godfrey, Michael C. Granatosky, William L. Jungers
      Pages 421-453
    4. Terry Harrison, Thomas R. Rein
      Pages 455-483
    5. Masato Nakatsukasa, Sergio Almécija, David R. Begun
      Pages 485-514
    6. Brian G. Richmond, Neil T. Roach, Kelly R. Ostrofsky
      Pages 515-543
    7. Erik Trinkaus
      Pages 545-571
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 573-589

About this book


This book demonstrates how the primate hand combines both primitive and novel morphology, both general function with specialization, and both a remarkable degree of diversity within some clades and yet general similarity across many others. Across the chapters, different authors have addressed a variety of specific questions and provided their perspectives, but all explore the main themes described above to provide an overarching “primitive primate hand” thread to the book. Each chapter provides an in-depth review and critical account of the available literature, a balanced interpretation of the evidence from a variety of perspectives, and prospects for future research questions. In order to make this a useful resource for researchers at all levels, the basic structure of each chapter is the same, so that information can be easily consulted from chapter to chapter. An extensive reference list is provided at the end of each chapter so the reader has additional resources to address more specific questions or to find specific data. 


Primates Morphology Hand Musculature Biomechanics Paleontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Tracy L. Kivell
    • 1
  • Pierre Lemelin
    • 2
  • Brian G. Richmond
    • 3
  • Daniel Schmitt
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Human EvolutionMax Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Division of Anatomy Department of Surgery Faculty of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Division of AnthropologyAmerican Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.Department of Evolutionary AnthropologyDuke University DurhamUSA

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