Fossil Primates (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)

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Reconstructing the paleobiology of fossil non-human primates, this book is intended as an exposition of non-human primate evolution that includes information about evolutionary theory and processes, paleobiology, paleoenvironment, how fossils are formed, how fossils illustrate evolutionary processes, the reconstruction of life from fossils, the formation of the primate fossil record, functional anatomy, and the genetic bases of anatomy. Throughout, the emphasis of the book is on the biology of fossil primates, not their taxonomic classification or systematics, or formal species descriptions. The author draws detailed pictures of the paleoenvironment of fossil primates, including contemporary animals and plants, and ancient primate communities, emphasizing our ability to reconstruct lifeways from fragmentary bones and teeth, using functional anatomy, stable isotopes from enamel and collagen, and high resolution CT-scans of the cranium. Fossil Primates will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and graduate students in evolutionary anthropology, primatology and vertebrate paleobiology.

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Reconstructing the paleobiology of fossil non-human primates, this book draws a detailed picture of ancient primate communities, including contemporary animals and plants. With information on how fossils are formed and their role in inferring evolutionary processes, it is a unique resource for undergraduate and graduate students interested in fossil primates.

About the Author:

Susan Cachel is Professor of Physical Anthropology at Rutgers University. She is on the Executive Committee of the Rutgers Center for Human Evolutionary Studies (CHES) since 2010 and a member of the graduate interdisciplinary Quaternary Studies Program at Rutgers since 2000. She has taught and performed research at the Koobi Fora Field School in northern Kenya, and she is currently a research associate of the Kenya National Museums (Nairobi). She was recently elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for 'incisive contributions to hominization theory, the role of nutritional fat in human occupation of high latitudes, and primate evolution'. Her previous title, Primate and Human Evolution, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006.

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