Taxonomic Tapestries

Taxonomic Tapestries

The Threads of Evolutionary, Behavioural and Conservation Research

Edited by: Alison M. Behie orcid, Marc F. Oxenham orcid

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This volume explores the complexity, diversity and interwoven nature of taxonomic pursuits within the context of explorations of humans and related species. It also pays tribute to Professor Colin Groves, whose work has had an enormous impact on this field. Recent research into that somewhat unique species we call humankind, through the theoretical and conceptual approaches afforded by the discipline of biological anthropology, is showcased. The focus is on the evolution of the human species, the behaviour of primates and other species, and how humans affect the distribution and abundance of other species through anthropogenic impact. Weaving together these three key themes, through the considerable influence of Colin Groves, provides glimpses of how changes in taxonomic theory and methodology, including our fluctuating understanding of speciation, have recrafted the way in which we view animal behaviour, human evolution and conservation studies.


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May 2015
ANU Press
Science: Biological Sciences; Social Sciences: Anthropology

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Part I

  1. The Groves effect: 50 years of influence on behaviour, evolution and conservation research (PDF, 146KB) – Alison M Behie and Marc F Oxenham doi

Part II

  1. Characterisation of the endemic Sulawesi Lenomys meyeri (Muridae, Murinae) and the description of a new species of Lenomys (PDF, 2.2MB) – Guy G Musser doi
  2. Gibbons and hominoid ancestry (PDF, 185KB) – Peter Andrews and Richard J Johnson doi
  3. Hurricanes and coastlines: The role of natural disasters in the speciation of howler monkeys (PDF, 265KB) – Alison M Behie, Travis S Steffens, Tracy M Wyman, Mary SM Pavelka doi
  4. Adolf Remane: Notes on his work on primates (PDF, 177KB) – Prof Ulrich Welsch doi
  5. Retouch intensity on Quina scrapers at Combe Grenal: A test of the reduction model (PDF, 2.2MB) – Peter Hiscock and Chris Clarkson doi
  6. What are species and why does it matter? Anopheline taxonomy and the transmission of malaria (PDF, 230KB) – Robert Attenborough doi

Part III

  1. Lamarck on species and evolution (PDF, 1.7MB) – Marc F Oxenham doi
  2. Naming the scale of nature (PDF, 1.3MB) – Juliet Clutton-Brock doi
  3. Changes in human tooth-size and shape with the Neolithic transition in Indo-Malaysia (PDF, 4.7MB) – David Bulbeck doi
  4. Variation in the Early and Middle Pleistocene: The phylogenetic relationships of Ceprano, Bodo, Daka, Kabwe and Buia (PDF, 5.5MB) – Debbie Argue doi
  5. Human evolution in Sunda and Sahul and the continuing contributions of Professor Colin Groves (PDF, 6.0MB)– Michael C Westaway, Arthur Durband and David Lambert doi

Part IV

  1. The domestic and the wild in the Mongolian horse and the takhi (PDF, 3.9MB)  – Natasha Fijn doi
  2. Rhino systematics in the times of Linnaeus, Cuvier, Gray and Groves (PDF, 798KB) – Kees Rookmaaker doi
  3. Conservation consequences of unstable taxonomies: The case of the red colobus monkeys (PDF, 369KB) – John Oates and Nelson Ting doi
  4. The phylogenetic species concept and its role in Southeast Asian mammal conservation (PDF, 3.4MB) – Erik Meijaard and Benjamin Rawson doi
  5. Conserving gorilla diversity (PDF, 2.6MB) – Angela Meder doi
  6. The warp and weft: Synthesising our taxonomic tapestry (PDF, 1.8MB) – Marc F Oxenham and Alison M Behie doi

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