Primate News of the Week

  • FAU first to video newly discovered population of monkeys thought to be nearing extinction
    • Source: Florida Atlantic University
    • Via: EurekAlert
    • Summary: Through the use of camera footage placed in the Lomami National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a highly endangered primate is studied. Dryas monkeys were first discovered in 1932. Dryas monkeys are often difficult to find due to their small population and hunting. Camera footage is providing important information on these highly endangered species
    • Access to video: https://www.eurekalert.org/multimedia/pub/132146.php
  • Habitat features and social behavior impact how baboons move as group
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    • Source: eLife
    • Via: Science Daily
    • Summary: A study using GPS and drone technology of a troop of wild olive baboons inn Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, Kenya has revealed the factors in group movement. Both the habitats of baboons and animals’ social interactions combine to determine group structure
    • Doi/Open Access: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.19505
  • Dutch experiment with ‘Tinder for orangutans’
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    • Via Phys
    • Summary: Orangutans and bonobos in the Apenheul Primate Park have been shown pictures of other apes in order to evaluate their responses. The primates would have to study a picture and press a button in response. This has been used to understand mate choice, however the project has ben suspended after Samboja destroyed the tablet.
  • Chimps’ behavior following death disturbing to ISU anthropologist
    • Source: Iowa State University
    • Via Phys
    • Summary: This study describes the events of killing of a adult male chimp by other chimps in Fongoli, Senegal. Jill Pruetz suggest this increases aggression may have to do with the man made environmental changes however this cannot fully explain the male chimps death. It was more likely due to competition for mates since there are far more female chimps in Fongoli.
    • Access to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnhFCTGC4JM
    • DOI/Open Access: 1007/s10764-016-9942-9
  • A New View Into The Primate Birthing Process
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    • Source: Guassa Gelada Research Project
    • Via NPR
    • Summary: This research discusses the collection of 15 day births of Gelada monkeys that have been observed from the Guassa Gelada Research Project over a ten year study period.
    • DOI/Closed Access: 11002/ajpa.23141
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