Comparative methods for studying primate adaptation and allometry

@article{Nunn2001ComparativeMF,
  title={Comparative methods for studying primate adaptation and allometry},
  author={C. Nunn and R. Barton},
  journal={Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues},
  year={2001},
  volume={10}
}
A well-known comparative biologist was once asked by a field biologist whether the latter’s detailed and painstaking field study of orangutan behavior, carried out over many years, qualified as an example of the comparative method. “No,” replied the comparative biologist, “that’s an anecdote.” The reply is somewhat harsh, as useful comparisons can be conducted both within and across species. The reply does emphasize, however, that analysis of patterns across species is fundamental to the study… Expand
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