Comparative studies have become both more frequent and more important as ameans for understanding the biology, behaviour and evolution of mammals. Primates have complex social relationships and diverse ecologies, and represent a large species radiation. This book draws together a wide range of experts from fields as diverse as reproductive biology and foraging energetics to place recent field research into a synthetic perspective. The chapters tackle controversial issues in primate biology and behaviour, including the role of brain expansion and infanticide in the evolution of primate behavioural strategies. The book also presents anoverview of comparative methodologies as applied to recent primate research that will provide new approaches to comparative research. It will be of particular interest to primatologists, behavioural ecologists and those interested in the evolution of human social behaviour.
P.C. Lee is a lecturer in Biological Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Downing College. She began field work on baboons in 1975 and has maintained an interest in the socioecology and behaviour of primates and other large mammals ever since. She has written numerous papers and has co-edited three previous volumes on primates — Primate Evolution, Primate Ecology and Conservation and Primate Ontogeny, Cognition and Behaviour (all 1986) — and has coauthored The Threatened Primates of Africa (1988).