Review Of "Faces In The Forest: The Endangered Muriqui Monkeys Of Brazil" By K. B. Strier

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This important book provides a readable, remarkably thorough, first look at the biology of the Muriqui, the largest New World primate. Strier's work reveals many startling contrasts with the generally accepted model for primate social behavior (and, by extension, the evolution of human behavior) based on Old World monkeys and apes. The Muriqui has an active but peaceful social life; there is no dominance hierarchy; males and females are equal, although females are more apt to defend the home territory. Using nontechnical language, the author includes a personal history of her pioneering studies as well as covering the ecology, male and female roles, life histories, and group dynamics of the Muriqui. The chapter on conservation of the animals could stand alone as a balanced appraisal of conflicting needs in a modern tropical nation. The book is well produced with charming sketches by the author, black-and-white photographs, extensive references, and a good index. Comparable to the works of Jane Goodall, this highly recommended book will appeal to a wide range of readers, from high-school through graduate students.


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