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Gorillas are one of our closest living relatives, the largest of all living primates, and teeter on the brink of extinction. These fascinating animals are the focus of this in-depth and comprehensive examination of gorilla biology. Gorilla Biology combines recent research in morphology, genetics and behavioural ecology to reveal the complexity and diversity of gorilla populations. The first section focuses on morphological and molecular variation and underscores the importance of understanding diverse biological patterns at all levels in testing evolutionary and adaptive hypotheses and elucidating subspecies and species diversification. Following are discussions of the ecological constraints that influence gorilla social organization and highlight their surprising flexibility. The book ends with discussions of the conservation status of gorillas and the many and increasing threats to their continued survival. Giving insight into the evolutionary biology of these unique primates, this book will be essential reading for primatologists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists.

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Review of the hardback:'This book will be an essential reference for primatologists, anthropologists and evolutionary biologists and many of the chapters will interest conservationists and non-specialists looking for an insight into these fascinating animals.'

Pam Hillier Source: Journal of Biological Education

Review of the hardback:'Awaited for a long time, this book is an interesting overview of recent research on the biology of gorillas.'

Source: Gorilla Journal

Review of the hardback:'… essential reading for primatologists, anthropologist, and evolutionary biologist.'

Source: Human Evolution

Review of the hardback:'The editors of Gorilla Biology should be commended … Taylor and Goldsmith have managed to assemble diverse material into a united whole … The result is a book filled with interesting new data …'.

Source: Folia Primatologica

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  • 3 - Patterns of diversity in gorilla cranial morphology
    pp 35-61
    • By Rebecca M. Stumpf, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, U.S.A., John D. Polk, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, U.S.A., John F. Oates, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016, U.S.A., William L. Jungers, Department of Anatomical Sciences Health Sciences Center and Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, U.S.A., Christopher P. Heesy, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, U.S.A., Colin P. Groves, Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University, Canberra, A.C.T. 0200, John G. Fleagle, Department of Anatomical Sciences Health Sciences Center and Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794, U.S.A.

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