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Primatology: Theories, Methods and Research
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Editors: Emil Potocki and Juliusz Krasiñski
Book Description:
Primates use four major modes of communication (i.e., visual, olfactory, tactile and vocal), and the ways they communicate depend on restrictions imposed by their habits and habitats. This book discusses past, current and potential future research in the wild and captivity, addressing some of the key questions in primate bioacoustics, identifying gaps in our knowledge, and also describing basic methods and equipment used in the study of primate bioacoustics. Also investigated are the changes of circadian rhythm of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity in nonhuman primates under stress and during aging. This book presents data collected from gibbons in a sanctuary, a rehabilitation center and also the wild highlighting the development of social skills and cognitive abilities. In addition, one of the dominant research areas in behavioral primatology pertains to assessments of the cognitive capacities of various nonhuman primate species. This book outlines studies that compare different methodologies and how those methodologies might contribute to differential learning and cognitive performance. Other chapters in this book examine the cognitive differences between humans and apes, review a powerful experimental methodology to determine the most likely acquisition modes responsible for primate "cultural" patterns, estimate home range use, activity patterns, and diet in woolly monkeys, and discuss the researchers role in preventing disease transmission between humans and apes.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Perspectives in Primate Bioacoustics, pp.1-28
(Bezerra B.M., Souto A.S., Jones G., University of Bristol, School of Biological Sciences, United Kingdom, and others)

Chapter 2. The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Nonhuman Primates: Circadian Rhythms of Stress-Responsiveness and Aging, pp.29-52
(Goncharova N.D., Institute of Medical Primatology, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Sochi, Russia)

Chapter 3. Why Apes Point: Pointing Gestures in Spontaneous Conversation of Language-Competent Pan/Homo Bonobos, pp.53-74
(Janni Pedersen, Pär Segerdahl, William M. Fields, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, Department of Anthropology and Department of Philosophy, and others)

Chapter 4. Using Sexual Dimorphism and Development to Reconstruct Mating Systems in Ancient Primates, pp.75-94
(Susan Cachel, Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J)

Chapter 5. How Latent Solution Experiments can help to Study Differences between Human Culture and Primate Traditions, pp.95-112
(Claudio Tennie, Daniela Hedwig, Department of Comparative Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany)

Chapter 6. The Tendency to Make Man an Exception, pp.113-128
(Niccolo Caldararo, Dept. of Anthropology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA)

Chapter 7. Studying Social Development and Cognitive Abilities in Gibbons (Hylobates spp): Methods and Applications, pp.129-152
(Susan M. Cheyne, Orang-utan Tropical Peatland and Conservation Project, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK)

Chapter 8. Comparing Methods for Assessing Learning and Cognition in Primates, pp.153-170
(Michael J. Beran, Theodore A. Evans, David A. Washburn, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia)

Chapter 9. Patterns of Daily Movement, Activities and Diet in Woolly Monkeys (Genus Lagothrix): A Comparison between Sites and Methodologies, pp.171-186
(González M., Stevenson P. R., Centro de Investigaciones Ecológicas La Macarena, Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia)

Chapter 10. “How Close Should We Get” – Researchers’ Role in Preventing the Anthropozoonotic Outbreaks in Groups of Free Ranging Chimpanzees and Gorillas, pp.187-194
(Magdalena Lukasik-Braum, Regional Field Veterinarian, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Rwanda)

Index, pp.195-207

      Animal Science, Issues and Professions
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2011 - 2nd Quarter
   Pages: 207.pp
   ISBN: 978-1-60741-852-8
   Status: AV
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