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Journal of Mammalian Evolution

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 195–197 | Cite as

Primate Ecology, Behavior, and Conservation

Edited by Nicholas Newton-Fisher, Hugh Notman, James D. Paterson, and Vernon Reynolds. Primates of Western Uganda. New York: Springer. 2006. 516 pp., $119.00 (cloth). ISBN 0-387-32342-2.
  • John C. Mitani
Book Review

Primate field studies form an important source of information for those interested in reconstructing the behavior and ecology of mammals living in the past. In the 1960’s, research on monkeys and apes in western Uganda provided some of the first reliable information about the behavior of primates in the wild. Fieldwork by Vernon Reynolds, Akira Suzuki, Yukimaru Sugiyama (chimpanzees), Thelma Rowell (baboons), and Peter Marler (cercopithecoids) set the stage for subsequent research on primates in Uganda and elsewhere, some of which continues to thrive today. Primates of Western Uganda represents a compilation of 24 chapters by 45 contributors who have conducted recent field research on primates in this historically significant geographic area.

The book is divided into four parts covering taxonomy, ecology, behavior, and conservation. The first section consists of a single chapter on taxonomy. As primates have been increasingly studied during the recent past, our understanding of their...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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