This well organized and illustrated book discusses more than 270 species of primates. After a great foreword by renowned conservationist Jane Goodall, the first chapter sets any reader up for success by introducing six key characteristics of primates (forward-facing eyes, eye sockets, grasping hands, fingerprints, and large brains), species distributions around the world, social structures, communication, and more. Redmond adds interest by relating the distinguishing features of primates to the corresponding features in humans. He presents the evolution of Darwin's ““ideas about primate origins”” without bias and notes that ““each new study published confirms that many discoveries are yet to be made.””
This book could serve as a meaningful supplement to any secondary-level biology course. It covers similarities and differences between humans and other primates, threatened species and habitats, conservation, detailed species profiles, and additional resources. We give it three frogs for use in a general biology class, and four if it is to be used in a course on zoology or evolution.