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Primates in Question

The Smithsonian Answer Book (Smithsonian's In Question Series)

Robert W. Shumaker, Benjamin B. Beck, Gerry Ellis (Photographs by)


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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.

Praise For Primates in Question: The Smithsonian Answer Book (Smithsonian's In Question Series)

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

Smithsonian Books, 9781588341761, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 17, 2003

About the Author

Robert Shumaker is director of the orangutan “Think Tank” at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Benjamin B. Beck is a primatologist and former associate director of the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Gerry Ellis is an award-winning photographer whose credits include Natural History, Audubon, and National Geographic magazines.