Gorilla Biology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology)

Andrea B. Taylor (Editor), Michele L. Goldsmith (Editor)

Product Details

Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 13, 2003)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0521792819
ISBN-13: 978-0521792813
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds

Book Description

Gorillas are one of our closest living relatives, are the largest living primate, and teeter on the brink of extinction. Gorilla Biology offers the first comparative perspective on gorilla populations throughout their natural range, and covering all known subspecies. Discusing phylogeny, evolution, functional morphology, behavioural ecology and conservation biology, this multidisciplinary work will be essential reading for primatologists, anthropologists, animal behaviourists and evolutionary biologists.

Table of Contents

Preface Andrea B. Taylor and Michele L. Goldsmith


Part I. Gorilla Taxonomy and Comparative Morphology:
1. Gorillas: how important, how many, how long? Russell H. Tuttle
2. A history of gorilla taxonomy Colin P. Groves
3. Patterns of diversity in gorilla cranial morphology Rebecca M. Stumpf, John D. Polk, John F. Oates, William L. Jungers, Christopher P. Heesy, Colin P. Groves and John G. Fleagle
4. The hierarchy of intraspecific craniometric variation in gorillas: a population-thinking approach with implications for fossil species recognition studies Gene H. Albrecht, Bruce R. Gelvin and Joseph M. A. Miller
5. Morphological differentiation of Gorilla subspecies Steven R. Leigh, John H. Relethford, Paul B. Park and Lyle W. Konigsberg
6. Ontogeny and function of masticatory form in Gorilla: functional, evolutionary and taxonomic implications Andrea B. Taylor
7. Ontogenetic variation in Gorilla postcranial morphology Sandra E. Inouye

Part II. Molecular Genetics:
8. Gorilla systematics, taxonomy and conservation in the era of genomics Oliver A. Ryder
9. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA estimates of divergence between western and eastern gorillas Michael I. Jensen-Seaman, Amos S. Dienard and Kenneth K. Kidd
10. Genetic studies of western gorillas Stephen L. Clifford, Katherine A. Abernethy, L. J. T. White, Caroline E. G. Tutin, M. W. Bruford and E. Jane Wickings

Part III. Behavioral Ecology:
11. Behavioral ecology Caroline E. Tutin
12. Gorilla social relationships: a comparative overview David P. Watts
13. Within-group feeding competition and socioecological factors influencing social organisation of gorillas in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo Juichi Yamagiwa, Kanyunyi Basabose, Kiswele Kaleme and Takakazu Yumoto
14. Comparative behavioral ecology of a lowland and highland gorilla population: where do Bwindi gorillas fit? Michele L. Goldsmith
15. Are gorillas vacuum cleaners of the forest floor? The roles of body size, habitat and food preferences on gorilla dietary flexibility and nutrition Melissa J. Remis

Part IV. Gorilla Conservation:
16. Gorilla conservation Alexander H. Harcourt
17. The current status of gorillas and threats to their existence at the beginning of a new millennium Andrew J. Plumptre, Alastair McNeilage and Jefferson D. Hall
18. Distribution, taxonomy, genetics, ecology and causal links of gorilla survival: the need to develop practical knowledge for gorilla conservation Esteban E. Sarmiento
19. The Cross River gorilla: the natural history and status of a neglected and critically endangered subspecies John F. Oates, Kelly L. McFarland, Jacqueline L. Groves, Richard A. Bergl, Joshua M. Linder and Todd R. Disotell Afterword Michele L. Goldsmith and Andrea B. Taylor.

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