The Diversity of Small Apes and the Importance of Population-Level Studies

  • Danielle J. Whittaker
  • Susan Lappan
Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)

Most primatologists, biologists, and laypeople agree that gibbons, with their incredible acrobatic displays and haunting duets, are absolutely marvelous animals. For all of their beauty and grace, however, they have received relatively little attention from the scientific community and the public alike. This volume is an attempt to begin addressing this problem by summarizing the progress of gibbon studies to date, identifying the key areas for future research, and cautioning against the belief that we already know everything worth knowing about gibbons.

Over two decades have passed since the publication of the seminal volume The Lesser Apes: Evolutionary and Behavioural Biology (Preuschoft et al. 1984). That book was based on a conference, the first of its kind focusing on gibbons, held in 1980 in Ulm, Germany. The Lesser Apescomprises a thorough summary of progress in gibbon studies up to that time, focusing on conservation, functional morphology, ecology, social behavior, and...


Mating Behavior Female Reproductive Status Gibbon Species Gibbon Group International Primatological Society 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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