International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 28, Issue 5, pp 1181–1183 | Cite as

Gottfried Hohmann, Martha M. Robbins, Christophe Boesch (eds): Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates

Cambridge University Press, UK, 2006, xiii + 523 pp., $130.00 (hardback)
  • Joanna E. Lambert
Book Review

Diet is so central to animal biology (and hence to current socioecological models) that it seems implausible there was ever a time when it was not preeminent in primate research. Yet, as noted by Milton in her introduction to Part Three of Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates, with a few notable exceptions (e.g., Struhsaker 1967; Gartlan and Brain 1968), feeding biology received scant attention in primate research until fairly recently, with just a few books and edited volumes over the decades having diet as a central theme. Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates is thus a much-welcomed and timely contribution, and I commend Hohmann, Robbins and Boesch for editing a fine volume.

Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates comprises 19 chapters divided into 3 sections that run roughly along the lines of new data, new theory, and new methods. As would be expected by the book’s title, there is an overall focus on Pongo, Gorilla, and Pan, though not exclusively so. Seven of the 8...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Wisconsin – MadisonMadisonUSA

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