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Foraging for Survival

Yearling Baboons in Africa

Stuart A. Altmann presents the results of one of the most intensive investigations ever carried out on foraging behavior and its consequences for survival and reproduction.

617 pages | 82 line drawings, 75 tables | 6 x 9 | © 1998

Biological Sciences: Behavioral Biology, Conservation, Ecology, Tropical Biology and Conservation


"This book is destined to become a classic in primate feeding behavior. It is exhaustive and a pleasure to read, and it sets the standard for amalgamation of modeling theory and ecological observation."

Joanna E. Lambert | American Scientist

"The gold standard for research on naturalistic behavior and ecology of primates."

Peter S. Rodman | American Journal of Primatology

Table of Contents

1: Introduction
2: Eclectic Omnivory
3: Methods
4: Dietary Diversity
5: Adequate and Optimal Diets
6: Real versus Ideal Diets
7: Individual Differences and Age Changes
8: From Food to Fitness
9: Why Be Choosy?
10: How to Be an Eclectic Omnivore
App. 1: Primate Nutrient Requirements and Toxin Limits
App. 2: Alternative Definitions of Feeding Bouts
App. 3: Survival Analysis of Bout Lengths
App. 4: Observational Censoring of Feeding Bouts
App. 5: Composition of Foods
App. 6: Maximizing Rates, Michael A. Altmann
App. 7: Procedure for Maximizing Rates
App. 8: Seasonal Adjustments
App. 9: Estimation of Individual Milk Intakes
App. 10: Calculating Intakes of Individuals at Specified Ages
Literature Cited
Abbreviations for the Fifty-two Core Foods


Association of American Publishers: PROSE Book Award
Honorable Mention

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