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Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology is a manual for students and researchers studying wild primates. Technological advances allow fieldworkers to collect a wide range of data, store samples for later analysis, and collect information remotely. These methods open up opportunities to gain new insights on previously studied populations and are the means of collecting data on species that have, until now, been difficult to study. However, information on the practicalities of using such methodology in the field has largely been lacking. Here, in this indispensable reference, experienced fieldworkers provide the first comprehensive guide to the wide variety of techniques available for the study of wild primates. Covering everything from pre-trip planning to laboratory analysis of endocrine and genetic samples, packed full of tips and emphasising practicalities and ethics throughout, it is a must-have for all field primatologists and others studying free-ranging animals.

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'As the first accessible and nearly comprehensive overview of primatological methodologies in over two decades, this book is long overdue and yet, well worth the wait … This text will be of immeasurable importance for the coming generation of primatologists … this book is a core requirement for all students of primatology (and degreed professionals as well) … I applaud the editors for the remarkable job and encourage primatologists to read this book and keep issues of methods and ethics in the forefront of their project planning and activities.'

Source: Primates

'This is an excellent book. Reading it should be made compulsory for anybody thinking of going out into the wild to study primates for the first time. In addition, it is a very useful reference book for even the most experienced fieldworkers. Never leave home without it.'

Source: Folia Primatologica

'… it fills a very important niche in the methodological literature … does an excellent job of demonstrating the application of relatively new technologies …'.

Source: Blackwell Verlag

'Each chapter provides an informative review of a specific aspect of primate research that should serve as a good starting point for further reading. As a consequence this book should be of great value to students embarking on their research careers … this book could still provide a useful first port of call for anyone moving into new areas or research techniques … if you are looking for an introduction to topics ranging from working with the local community and primate habituation to measuring climate, phonology, morphology, plant chemistry, endocrinology and genetics to the practicalities of trapping and anaesthetizing primates then this is almost certainly the place to start … this is a comprehensive text that provides informative introductions to most of the major areas and techniques that are likely to be of use to someone embarking on a study of primates … I am certain that this book will provide a useful starting reference not only to new primate researchers but also to the more established practitioner looking to expand their horizons.'

Source: Primate Eye

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