Koobi Fora Research Project: Volume 6: The Fossil Monkeys.
Jablonski, N.G., and Leakey, M.G., eds. 2008.
The sixth volume in the Koobi Fora Research Project monograph series, The Fossil Monkeys describes the non-human primate collection of fossils recovered from the Omo-Turkana Basin. The extensive collection of monkey fossils represents eight genera of small and large colobines and cercopithecines, including Colobus, Rhinocolobus, Cercopithecoides, Paracolobus, Cercopithecus, Lophocebus, Parapapio, and Theropithecus. This publication presents a complete systematic paleontology of the Koobi Fora Cercopithecoidea up to and including collections from the 2004 field season. In addition, the volume includes discussion of natural language descriptions and keys, ecomorphological implications of molar shape and microwear, geological background, and the importance of Cercopithecoidea in the context of primate and mammalian evolution. The Fossil Monkeys is well illustrated with more than 200 figures - multiple views of key fossils and species reconstructions by Mauricio Antón of Rhinocolobus turkanaensis, Cercopithecoides williamsi, and Theropithecus oswaldi, as well as interpretive graphs. Nearly 85 tables provide detailed measurement data to complement the text, while the Appendix includes an exhaustive compilation of all available measurement data for the Koobi Fora fossil monkeys. Contributions to this book have been made by Nina G. Jablonski, Meave G. Leakey, Carol V. Ward, Mauricio Antón, George Chaplin, Mark F. Teaford, Richard F. Kay, Peter S. Ungar, and Patrick Gathogo.
The publication is available in both electronic and hardcover book formats. The electronic version includes the full text of the publication, complete specimen measurement tables, and almost 1,000 color images of the monkey fossils. The hardcover edition includes the DVD. Proceeds from the sale of this volume will go toward the publication of the next volume in the Koobi Fora Research Project monograph series on Carnivora.