Almost Human: A Journey into the World of Baboons - download pdf or read online

By Shirley Strum

ISBN-10: 0393307085

ISBN-13: 9780393307085

In 1972, a tender graduate scholar named Shirley Strum traveled to Kenya to check a troop of olive baboons (Papio anubis) nicknamed the Pumphouse Gang. Like our personal ancestors, baboons had tailored to existence at the African savannah, and Strum was hoping that through gazing baboon habit, she may research whatever approximately how early people may need lived. quickly the baboons had received her middle in addition to her brain, and Strum has been operating with them ever since.

Vividly written and packed with interesting insights, virtually Human chronicles the 1st fifteen years of Strum's fieldwork with the Pumphouse Gang. From the 1st paragraph, the reader is drawn in addition to Strum into the area of the baboons, studying concerning the tragedies and triumphs in their day-by-day lives—and the lives of the scientists learning them.

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Fertilization is mostly internal and most lay eggs, but some give birth to larvae or small adults. Hynobiidae Species 51 TORRENT SALAMANDERS CRYPTOBRANCHIANS Cryptobranchoidea Salamanders with external fertilization. This group includes giant salamanders and a group of primitive Asiatic salamanders. Rhyacotritonidae Species 4 “CONGO EELS” DIADECTOSALAMANDROIDEI Amphiumidae Species 3 Salamanders with internal fertilization carried out using a spermatophore (sperm capsule) that is transferred from the male into the female.

MEXICAN BURROWING FROG Rhinophrynidae Species 1 CAECILIANS SPADEFOOT TOADS AND RELATIVES TONGUELESS FROGS Pelobatoidea Species 4 Pipidae Species 31 Gymnophiona Limbless, wormlike amphibians that burrow in soil or live in rivers. Some species lay eggs, producing larvae; others give birth to live young. DISK-TONGUED FROGS Alytidae Species 11 FIRE-BELLIED TOADS Bombinatoridae Species 10 POISON-DART FROGS Dendrobatidae Species 164 ANURANS (FROGS AND TOADS) AMPHIBIANS TOADS TRUE TOADS GLASS FROGS Bufonidae Species 505 Centrolenidae Species 146 HYLOIDES FROG OR TOAD?

There is no clear distinction between frogs and toads. Together they make up a group called the anurans. “True toads” are members of a smaller group, called the Bufonidae, but the name “toad” is often used for any anuran that has dry, warty skin and spends most of its life on land. Frogs have smooth, moist skin and spend a lot of their time in water. Most anurans undergo a radical metamorphosis from aquatic tadpoles to terrestrial adults. TREE FROGS 8 OTHER FAMILIES Hylidae Species 844 SOUTHERN FROGS Cycloramphidae Species 97 Amphibian groups Amphibians have existed for at least 230 million years, when they evolved from fishes.

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