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Primates of the World: An Illustrated Guide

by Jean-Jacques Petter and Francois Desbordes Princeton University Press
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This stunningly illustrated guide to the world's primates covers nearly 300 species, from the feather-light and solitary pygmy mouse lemurs of Madagascar--among the smallest primates known to exist--to the regal mountain gorillas of Africa. Organized by region and spanning every family of primates on Earth, the book features 72 splendid color plates, facing-page descriptions of key features of each family, and 86 color distribution maps.

Primates of the World also includes concise introductory chapters that discuss the latest findings on primate origins and evolution, behavior and adaptations, and classification, making it the most comprehensive and up-to-date primate guide available.

-Covers nearly 300 species and every family of primates worldwide
-Features 72 color plates--the finest illustrations of primates ever produced
-Includes facing-page descriptions for each family and 86 color distribution maps
-The most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the world's primates

Fascinating Primates
The Beginning of an Adventure 1
In Search of Our Origins 4
The Precursors of Mammals 6
Evolution of Madagascar's Lemurs 9
The Role of the Forest and Primate Adaptation 15
Predators 22
Primate Territories and Social Organization 26
Primate Sociability and Recognition Signals 28
Classification of Primates 36
Primates by Continent: Plates and Descriptions of Species
Madagascar 48
South America 72
Asia 104
Africa 142
Bibliography 182
Index of Species 184

''This volume holds a treasure. . . . Primates indeed contains 72 illustrated plates describing, by continent, the major primate species inhabiting our planet. . . . [E]ach drawing, precise and magnificent, unveils their morphology, their colors, their postures. . . . [A] splendid and fascinating book.''--Rafaële Brillaud, Science & Vie

''Those who love beautiful nature plates--in the tradition of Audubon and his birds--will be delighted by this landmark book. . . . [D]azzling illustrated plates.''--Rachel Mulot, Sciences et Avenir

''A masterpiece. François Desbordes's 72 watercolor plates are pure marvels, in the great tradition of scientific pictures of the 19th century.''--Marc Giraud, L'Oiseau Magazine
Jean-Jacques Petter (1927-2002) was a world authority on lemurs and one of France's leading primatologists. He was a research fellow at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Paris.   François Desbordes is one of France's premier wildlife illustrators. Robert Martin is the A. Watson Armour III Curator of Biological Anthropology at the Field Museum in Chicago.