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Phylogeny, Molecular Population Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of the Neotropical Primates

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Phylogeny, Molecular Population Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of the Neotropical Primates

Phylogeny, Molecular Population Genetics, Evolutionary Biology and Conservation of the Neotropical Primates
Nova | English | 2016 | ISBN-10: 163485165X | 669 pages | PDF | 21.30 mb

by Manuel Ruiz-garcia (Editor), Joseph Mark Shostell (Editor)

Book Description:
The Neotropics contains the greatest abundance and diversity of primate species of any bio-region in the world. They make up an impressive and varied assemblage of species, from the small pigmy marmoset weighing one hundred grams, to the woolly spider monkey tipping the scale at 10-14 kg. Some in the group, such as the bearded capuchin, show signs of high intelligence evidenced by their use of primitive tools to open nuts and fruit, and many of these species are flagships whose very presence is crucial for the dispersal of seeds and maintenance of primary forests.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of Neotropical primate species are threatened or endangered due to various anthropogenic activities including deforestation, illegal hunting, illegal wildlife trade, mining, and road construction. Moreover, there is a general paucity of data of this group because their habitats can be difficult to access and the sheer expansiveness of the Neotropical area.

In this book, the authors present new research findings from sixty of the world’s leading Neotropical primate scientists in order to bridge this information gap. Specifically, the authors provide up-to-date biological, molecular, conservation, and phylogenic information on many of these poorly understood, yet amazing creatures. It is the authors’ intention that this new information will be used as a resource by the novice and professional alike in order to improve society’s understanding of Neotropical primates and to help protect them long into the future