Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology: The Primate Fossil Record Series Number 33 (Paperback)
  • Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology: The Primate Fossil Record Series Number 33 (Paperback)

Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology: The Primate Fossil Record Series Number 33 (Paperback)

Paperback 552 Pages / Published: 18/09/2008
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A comprehensive treatment of primate paleontology. Profusely illustrated and up to date, it captures the complete history of the discovery and interpretation of primate fossils. The chapters range from primate origins to the advent of anatomically modern humans. Each emphasizes three key components of the record of primate evolution: history of discovery, taxonomy of the fossils, and evolution of the adaptive radiations they represent. The Primate Fossil Record summarizes objectively the many intellectual debates surrounding the fossil record and provides a foundation of reference information on the last two decades of astounding discoveries and worldwide field research for physical anthropologists, paleontologists and evolutionary biologists.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521081412
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 1230 g
Dimensions: 279 x 210 x 28 mm

'An essential reference for any university library.' New Scientist
'... a treasure-trove of up-to-date descriptive and interpretative summaries ... this will be a must for any paleoanthropologist or paleontologist working on fossil primates. The editor and Cambridge deserve kudos for this product.' The Human Nature Review
'I can recommend The Primate Fossil Record to students and professionals alike. Besides aiding in their research, it will also, in particular thanks to its History of Discovery and Debate and Evolution sections, be a great resource to those who teach primate evolution.' PalAss Newsletter
'...[an] essential reference work for the foreseeable future.' TRENDS in Ecology & Evolution
'... a magnificent contribution to the literature on primate evolution ... anyone teaching or researching on primate evolution will want a copy.' Journal of Human Evolution
'... an impressively clear compilation and synthesis of knowledge and interpretations of the primate fossil record ... a key reference text for both the specialist primate palaeontologist and others in primatology with an interest in the evolutionary record.' Primate Eye
'... [an achievement] that is unlikely to be equalled for some considerable time.' Folia Primatologica
'... this volume succeeds brilliantly as a reference source. It will be a welcome companion for paleo-primatologists for the next two decades ... another very positive element of this volume are the numerous high-quality photographs and line drawings of fossil material.' Journal of Paleontology
"The taxonomic and historical coverage of this landmark volume is remarkably inclusive, and the quality of the individual chapters and of the illustrations is high...this volume is destined to become an indispensable reference work for anyone interested in the mammalian fossil record, primate origins, or in human evolution...The book is a magnificent accomplishment which will set the standard in the field for years to come." Biodiversity
"The volume provides a valuable reference on finds in the last two decades and current interpretations and controversies...The Primate Fossil Record is a superb book and an extraordinary accomplishment by Hartwig. It will be an invaluable source for all vertebrate paleontologists who work in the Cenozoic and for biologists interested in the evolution of the Order Primates." Quarterly Review of Biology
"This valuable new volume challenges significant components of the normal view of primate history...The Primate Fossil Record could be the centerpiece of an excellent graduate seminar on the history and practice of systematics and excellent resource." Journal of Mammalogy
"...a welcome addition to anyone's shelf--especially university libraries. The book fulfills its job as a primary reference of fossil primates." Journal of Anthropological Research
"This volume, carefully edited and arranged by Walter Hartwig, is a necessary addition to what has become an almost exploding field of endeavor, the study of our won human and other primate evolutionary lines...a treasure-trove of up-to-date descriptive and interpretative summaries...all of the chapters are of a high quality, and will provide important up-to-date reviews of these fossil primates. The photographs are exceptionally good, and it is a pleasure to have this volume in my possession. This will be a must for any paleoanthropologist or paleontologist workng on fossil primates. The Editor and Cambridge deserve kudos for this product." Human Nature Review
"The Primate Fossil Record should prove useful and be a benchmark for subsequent primate evaluations." Canadian Palaeobiology
"This is the first book in more than 20 years to offer a complete and relatively detailed survey of the paleontology of primates, the zoological group including humans, apes, monkeys, lemurs, and our extinct relatives.... Hartwig has done an excellent job of organizing and editing a disparate set of surveys. The overall bibliography and author/taxon indexes add to the book's value. Recommended for general as well as anthropological, zoological, and natural history collections." Choice
"This is an admirable effort to provide a concentrated and uniform treatment of the fossil record of that mammalian order of primary interest to our ever-anthropocentric selves....This book...will serve as a starting point for professionals and advanced students for years to come." Reports
"a valuable resource for all physical anthropologists and primate paleontologists." Journal of Paleontology Russell L. Ciochon
" I can only sit back and marvel at the amount of effort it must have taken contributors to amass such comprehensive and detailed accounts of the fossil records of their particular taxonomic groups and time periods... although by no means an introductory text, the coverage of the volume, its relative detail and the quality of the contributions will make The Primate Fossil Record are essential reading for many years to come." Sarah Elton, Reviews in Anthropology

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