(Developments in Primatology Progress and Prospects)
by John Feagle
Edition: 1st., 2006
Biogeography, the study of the distribution of organisms over the surface of the earth, plays a central role in our understanding of virtually all aspects of the biology of primates and other animals. Biogeography is critical for determining systematics and mechanisms of speciation and for evaluating population genetics and demography. The distribution of primates relative to aspects of climate and habitat, including altitude, forest type, and food availability, form the basis for our understanding of ecological and behavioral adaptations. Likewise, the biogeography of primates in the past is a major component of our understanding of their evolutionary history. Despite the importance of biogeography in our
understanding of primate evolution and biology, and the broad representation of research on this subject in journals, field guides, and edited volumes on different regions of the world, Primate Biogeography has never before been the focus of a single volume.