Building Babies

Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective

  • Kathryn B.H. Clancy
  • Katie Hinde
  • Julienne N. Rutherford

Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Conception and Pregnancy

  3. From Pre- to Post-natal Life

  4. Milk: Complete Nutrition for the Infant

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Lauren A. Milligan
      Pages 209-231
    3. Melanie A. Martin, David A. Sela
      Pages 233-256
  5. Mothers and Infants: The First Social Relationship

  6. The Expanding Social Network

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Stacey R. Tecot, Andrea L. Baden, Natalie Romine, Jason M. Kamilar
      Pages 321-359
    3. Maren Huck, Eduardo Fernandez-Duque
      Pages 361-385
  7. Transitions to Juvenility and Reproductive Maturity

  8. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 505-505
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 517-531

About this book


The ontogeny of each individual contributes to the physical, physiological, cognitive, neurobiological, and behavioral capacity to manage the complex social relationships and diverse foraging tasks that characterize the primate order. For these reasons Building Babies explores the dynamic multigenerational processes of primate development. The book is organized thematically along the developmental trajectory:conception, pregnancy, lactation, the mother-infant dyad, broader social relationships, and transitions to independence. In this volume, the authors showcase the myriad approaches to understanding primate developmental trajectories from both proximate and ultimate perspectives. These collected chapters provide insights from experimental manipulations in captive settings to long-term observations of wild-living populations and consider levels of analysis from molecule to organism to social group to taxon.  Strepsirrhines, New World monkeys, Old World monkeys, apes, and humans are all well-represented. Contributions by anthropologists, microbiologists, psychologists, population geneticists, and other primate experts provide Building Babies a uniquely diverse voice. 


Building Babies features multi- and trans-disciplinary research approaches to primate developmental trajectories and is particularly useful for researchers and instructors in anthropology, animal behavior, psychology, and evolutionary biology. This book also serves as a supplement to upper-level undergraduate courses or graduate seminars on primate life history and development. In these contexts, the book provides exposure to a wide range of methodological and theoretical perspectives on developmental trajectories and models how researchers might productively integrate such approaches into their own work.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn B.H. Clancy
    • 1
  • Katie Hinde
    • 2
  • Julienne N. Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of AnthropologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbanaUSA
  2. 2., Department of HUman Evolutionary BiologyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3., Comparative Primate Biology LaboratoryUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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