Primates in Question

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Primates in Question

The Smithsonian Answer Book

By Robert W. Shumaker; Benjamin B. Beck (Joint Author); Gerry Ellis (Photographer)

Smithsonian Books (DC), Paperback, 9781588341761, 194pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2003


The mysterious and often unpredictable world of primates is explained by Smithsonian scientists in a question-and-answer format. Primates in Question, part of the Smithsonian's popular “In Question” series, is a comprehensive response to the many thousands of calls and letters the Smithsonian receives regarding questions related to monkeys, apes, lemurs, tamarins, and their relatives. What are primates? How closely related are humans to other primates? How strong is a gorilla? Why do primates spend so much time grooming? Why can't apes talk? These and almost 100 other questions are addressed with clear, thorough answers, accompanied by beautiful color photographs.

About the Author
For more than 20 years, Dr. Rob Shumaker has dedicated his life to the study of orangutans. He is currently Lead Scientist and Director of Orangutan Research at the Great Ape Trust, a research center dedicated to providing sanctuary and an honorable life for great apes, studying the intelligence of great apes, advancing conservation of great apes and providing unique educational experiences about great apes. Dr Shumaker is also the former co-ordinator of the Orangutan Language Project at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and the former Director of Behavioral Cognitive Research at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University. A member of the scientific advisory board of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) - Indonesia and BOS-USA and a popular lecturer, he is the author of the Smithsonian publication: Primates in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book," Dr. Rob Shumaker lives in Des Moines, Iowa.

Beck, Smithsonian National Zoological Park.

Gerry Ellis is an awardwinning photographer whose credits include Natural History, Audubon, and National Geographic magazines.

Praise For Primates in Question

“This book belongs in all libraries, and on the bookshelves of everyone with an interest in our closest relative.”—Jane Goodall