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Skeletal Anatomy of the Newborn Primate
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Although much is known about the anatomy of adult primates, particularly chimpanzees, the same cannot be said for the anatomy of young primates, especially non-hominoid primates such as lemurs and marmosets. This is the first book dedicated to newborn skeletal and dental anatomy and how it varies across primate species, which is important for interpreting adult primate skeletal form, as well as for comprehending primate and human evolution. Structured according to anatomical regions, the book includes hundreds of detailed anatomical illustrations, a color atlas illustrating entire skeletons in representative taxa, and boxes at the end of each chapter providing further detail on key aspects covered in the main text. Whilst the book is primarily a guide to comparative anatomy, it also highlights the links between development and behavior. An indispensable resource for students and researchers in the fields of biological anthropology, anatomy, primatology, growth and development, dental biology, and veterinary medicine.


'Skeletal Anatomy of the Newborn Primate offers a remarkable resource for developmental biologists, primatologists, and others with interests in growth and development. The book extends beyond skeletal anatomy, with general overviews of growth and development in primates with special reference to neonates. The volume is richly illustrated, with a variety of high-quality images. The atlas of high-resolution full skeleton, neonatal CT scans for six primate species provides a distinctive resource. Numerous anatomical illustrations and histological sections complement the atlas, helping make this a tremendously valuable resource for studying the details of growth and development. Overviews of ontogeny by taxon and anatomical region for numerous species supplement excellent anatomical studies. The volume couples careful and detailed description with insightful evolutionary and comparative analyses of ontogeny and life history. Thorough reviews of feeding and locomotor ontogeny complete the volume. In sum, Smith and colleagues have provided an indispensable resource for evolutionary anthropologists.'

Steven R. Leigh - University of Colorado, Boulder

'This is a comprehensive and stunning book that is a must-have for anyone interested in primate developmental and evolutionary biology. It meticulously documents comparative aspects of skeletal development across a wide variety of primate species, while also providing functional and evolutionary context for the study of morphological development. The CT images of these rarely seen primate neonates are breathtaking. The availability of this broad, comparative developmental dataset in a single source will no doubt be invaluable for generations of researchers.'

Liza Shapiro - University of Texas, Austin

'This book fills an enormous gap in developmental anatomy of the primates, delving into anatomy of the newborn for a host of species, some never before seen at this stage, let alone viewed with the precision of new technologies. The text describes these rare and valuable animals as it explains processes of growth and development, issues in life history, and the ontogeny of feeding and locomotion - the two main jobs of an infant. The illustrations are stunning, both beautiful and informative. Publication of Skeletal Anatomy of the Newborn Primate is a landmark event for anatomists, primatologists, and paleontologists.'

B. Holly Smith - The George Washington University

‘Overall, this volume will be highly useful for anyone interested in primate growth and development, and is a great reference for any primate anatomist.’

Nathan E. Thompson

‘Following an introduction on study challenges and methods, chapters are devoted to development and growth, why ontogeny matters, the skull, dentition, vertebrae, forelimbs, hind limbs, phylogeny and life history, feeding, and locomotion, respectively. These chapters include new results from analyses of 156 neonate primate specimens representing a wide range of taxonomic, geographic, and ecological variation. One unique feature of this volume is found in the series of callout text boxes included at the end of most chapters, providing additional details about particular topics covered in the chapter. The book concludes with a color atlas that beautifully illustrates the newborn skeletal anatomy of six genera, including a lemur, a galago, a tarsier, and three different New World monkey specimens … Scholars and students of anatomy, biological anthropology, and primatology will want access to this work.’

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