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Seasonality in Primates
Studies of Living and Extinct Human and Non-Human Primates

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology

Carel P. van Schaikl, Diane K. Brockman, Kristina Pfannes, Claire Hemingway, Nora Bynum, Michele Rasmussen, Jutta Schmid, Peter Kappeler, Susan C. Alberts, Jeanne Altmann, Julie A Hollister-Smith, Raphael S. Mututua, Serah N. Sayialel, Philip M. Muruthi, Kinyua Warutere, Russell Hill, John C. Mitani, David P. Watts, Rebecca Bliege-Bird, Douglas W. Bird, Charles Janson, Jennifer Verdolin, Cheryl D. Knott, Peter T. Ellison, Claudia R. Valeggia, Diana S. Sherry, J. Michael Plavcan, W. Scott McGraw, Richard Madden, Jörg U. Ganzhorn, Nina G. Jablonski, Kaye Reed, Jennifer L. Fish, John D. Kingston
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  • Date Published: August 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107406469

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  • The emergence of the genus Homo is widely linked to the colonization of "new" highly seasonal savannah habitats. However, until now, our understanding of the possible impact of seasonality on this shift has been limited because we have little general knowledge of how seasonality affects the lives of primates. This book documents the extent of seasonality in food abundance in tropical woody vegetation. It then presents a systematic analysis of seasonality's impact in food supply on the behavioral ecology of non-human primates and ultimately applies its conclusions to primate and human evolution.

    • First book to explore seasonality in animal and human populations
    • Distinguished panel of internationally renowned contributors
    • Covers both extant and extinct species to show how seasonality may have affected our own evolution
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    "I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an existing interest in primatology or evolutionary anthropology..."
    Hannah E. Parathian, University of Oxford

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    • Date Published: August 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107406469
    • length: 606 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Seasonality in primate ecology, reproduction, and life history: an overview Carel P. van Schaik and Diane K. Brockman
    Part II. Seasonal Habitats:
    2. Tropical climates and phenology: a primate perspective Carel P. van Schaik and Kristina Pfannes
    Part III. Seasonality and Behavioural Ecology:
    3. The influence of seasonality on primate diet and ranging Claire Hemingway and Nora Bynum
    4. Seasonality in predation risk: varying activity periods in lemurs and other primates Michele Rasmussen
    5. Physiological adaptations to seasonality in nocturnal primates Jutta Schmid and Peter Kappeler
    6. Seasonality and long-term change in a savannah environment Susan C. Alberts, Jeanne Altmann, Julie A Hollister-Smith, Raphael S. Mututua, Serah N. Sayialel, Philip M. Muruthi and Kinyua Warutere
    7. Day length seasonality and the thermal environment Russell Hill
    8. Seasonality in hunting by nonhuman primates John C. Mitani and David P. Watts
    9. Human hunting seasonality Rebecca Bliege-Bird and Douglas W. Bird
    Part IV. Seasonality, Reproduction, and Social Organisation:
    10. Seasonality and reproductive function Diane K. Brockman and Carel P. van Schaik
    11. Seasonality of primate births in relation to climate Charles Janson and Jennifer Verdolin
    12. Energetic responses to food availability in the great apes: implications for hominin evolution Cheryl D. Knott
    13. Human birth seasonality Peter T. Ellison, Claudia R. Valeggia and Diana S. Sherry
    14. Seasonality, social organisation, and sexual dimorphism in primates J. Michael Plavcan, Carel P. van Schaik and W. Scott McGraw
    Part V. Seasonality and Community Ecology:
    15. Seasonality and primate communities Carel P. van Schaik, Richard Madden and Jörg U. Ganzhorn
    16. Primate diversity and environmental seasonality in historical perspective Nina G. Jablonski
    Part VI. Seasonality and Human Evolution:
    17. Tropical and temperate seasonal influences on human evolution Kaye Reed and Jennifer L. Fish
    18. Orbital controls on seasonality John D. Kingston
    19. What do studies of primate seasonality tell us about human evolution? Diane K. Brockman.

  • Editors

    Diane K. Brockman, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    Carel P. van Schaik, Universität Zürich

    Contributors

    Carel P. van Schaikl, Diane K. Brockman, Kristina Pfannes, Claire Hemingway, Nora Bynum, Michele Rasmussen, Jutta Schmid, Peter Kappeler, Susan C. Alberts, Jeanne Altmann, Julie A Hollister-Smith, Raphael S. Mututua, Serah N. Sayialel, Philip M. Muruthi, Kinyua Warutere, Russell Hill, John C. Mitani, David P. Watts, Rebecca Bliege-Bird, Douglas W. Bird, Charles Janson, Jennifer Verdolin, Cheryl D. Knott, Peter T. Ellison, Claudia R. Valeggia, Diana S. Sherry, J. Michael Plavcan, W. Scott McGraw, Richard Madden, Jörg U. Ganzhorn, Nina G. Jablonski, Kaye Reed, Jennifer L. Fish, John D. Kingston

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