International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 33, Issue 1, pp 282–283 | Cite as

Anne M. Burrows and Lean T. Nash (Eds.): The Evolution of Exudativory in Primates. Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects (Series Editor R. H. Tuttle)

Springer, Heidelberg, 2010, xxii + 303 pp. ISBN 978-1-4419-6660-5 (EUR 129.95, Hardcover)
  • Melanie Dammhahn
Book Review

What are the “advances and remaining sticky issues” (Burrows and Nash, Chapter 1) in the research on primate exudate feeding? This is the key theme of a book edited by Anne M. Burrows and Lean T. Nash, which is based on a symposium held at the 22nd Congress of the International Primatological Society in Edinburgh in 2008. Not surprisingly the reference line for all authors of the 14 chapters is Nash’s review from 1986, in which she summarized more than 20 years ago dietary, behavioral, and morphological correlates of exudativory in strepsirrhine and callitrichid primates. In his personal and inspiring foreword, Robert D. Martin even takes one more step back in time and describes the first field observations, morphological discoveries, and general thoughts associated with exudativory in primates. Martin’s historical perspective, inspiring ideas, and personal highlights of the main findings of the different chapters set the stage for the whole book.

There is much that we can learn from...


  1. Nash, L. T. (1986). Dietary, behavioural, morphological aspects of gummivory in primates. Yearbook of Physical Anthropology, 29, 113–137.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology Unit, German Primate Center (DPZ)Leibniz Institute for Primate ResearchGöttingenGermany

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