States Academic Press
Zoology and Animal Science - Zoology and Animal Science
The mammals which belong to the group that includes the lemurs, lorises, tarsiers, monkeys, apes, and humans are known as primates. Some of their characteristic features are larger brains relative to body size, increased reliance on vision instead of sense of smell, and opposable thumbs. Behavioral ecology refers to the study of the evolutionary basis for animal behavior in response to ecological pressures. The behavioral ecology of primates involves studying them from evolutionary, ecological and demographic perspectives. It also focuses on the behavior of different primates and the importance of these observations for their conservation. This book discusses the fundamentals as well as modern perspectives on the behavioral ecology of primates. From theories to research to practical applications, studies related to all contemporary topics of relevance to this area of study have been included herein. The book is appropriate for students seeking detailed information in this area as well as for experts.