By Serge A. Wich, S. Suci Utami Atmoko, Tatang Mitra Setia, Carel P. van Schaik
This publication describes one among our closest kin, the orangutan, and the single extant nice ape in Asia. it truly is more and more transparent that orangutan populations express huge version in behavioral ecology, morphology, existence historical past, and genes. certainly, at the energy of the newest genetic and morphological proof, it's been proposed that orangutans truly represent species which diverged greater than 1000000 years in the past - one at the island of Sumatra the opposite on Borneo, with the latter comprising 3 subspecies. This booklet has major goals. the 1st is to rigorously evaluate information from each orangutan study web site, reading the diversities and similarities among orangutan species, subspecies and populations. the second one is to boost a theoretical framework during which those alterations and similarities might be defined. to accomplish those targets the editors have assembled the world's best orangutan specialists to scrupulously synthesize and evaluate the knowledge, quantify the similarities or variations, and search to give an explanation for them. Orangutans is the 1st synthesis of orangutan biology to undertake this novel, comparative method. It analyses and compares the most recent information, constructing a theoretical framework to give an explanation for morphological, lifestyles historical past, and behavioral edition. Intriguingly, now not all behavioral adjustments may be attributed to ecological edition among and in the islands; relative charges of social studying additionally seem to have been influential. The e-book additionally emphasizes the an important influence of human cost on orangutans and appears forward to the longer term clients for the survival of significantly endangered traditional populations.