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Categories: Primate Behavior, Showcase Tags: Fall 2012 Laura Graves, Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research As part of my Master’s coursework, I conducted an internship at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research (Keeling Center) during the Spring 2011 semester. They are now classified as critically endangered and since 2000 have been recognized as a separate species, the northern muriqui (B. hypoxanthus), distinct from the southern muriqui (B. arachnoides). the females distribute themselves depending on how the food is laid out in their environment. Leakey sent his first recruit, Jane Goodall, to Tanzania to study chimpanzees in 1960. What will be the impacts for mate choice of highly synchronized recovering cohorts? Because food = babies. Nonetheless, definitions of species and how to quantify variation have become increasingly confounded, in large part because of taxonomic revisions, which were at least initially driven by conservation concerns (see below). Note the log scale. Watch the recordings here on Youtube! the other primates in its social group (AKA, primates (of the same species) in other groups (AKA, male distribution follows how the females distribute themselves, and. It's found in chimpanzees, bonobos (pictured right), and spider monkeys. I have dwelled on Carpenter in part to highlight some of the historical connections that link naturalistic, free‐ranging, and provisioned studies of primates. The application of methods of comparative analyses to control for the effects of phylogeny on behavior also became an essential tool for testing hypotheses about the evolution of behavioral adaptations (Harvey & Pagel 1991; Harvey & Purvis, 1991). Zoonotic diseases are expected to put primates at increasing risks as human populations continue to encroach on primate habitats. Reproduced from Figure 2 in “Behavioral Flexibility and the Evolution of Primate Social States,” by Strier KB, Lee, PC, Ives AR (2014) PLoS ONE, 9(12), p. e114099. For other taxa, however (including northern and southern muriquis), we still lack sufficient intraspecific comparative data to be able to discern whether ecological explanations for behavioral differences remain plausible now that they are classified as distinct species with presumably distinct evolutionary histories. These cooperative relationships are usually between relatives. Unless otherwise noted, LibreTexts content is licensed by CC BY-NC-SA 3.0. At that comparative scale, it was about the similarities and differences in the behavioral traits ubiquitous to humans versus those of other species. Unfortunately, space constraints prevent mention of more than a very small subset of the many important discoveries that have been influential in expanding our knowledge base and in shaping the field (from my perspective as a U.S.‐trained biological anthropologist and primatologist). On a regional and global scale, the loss of at least some primate species can already be anticipated (Estrada et al., 2017). Concerns about conservation relevance run the risk of refocusing our lenses from comparative models back to case studies. The challenges of extrapolating about evolutionary adaptations from the behavior of extant primates living in small populations and altered habitats may be obvious today, but that was not the case when I began to study muriquis in the early 1980s. Frugivores: eat … However, similar predictions about nepotism among paternally‐related female kin in these societies, or among male kin in patrilocal societies were not accessible from observational data because of uncertainties about paternity and the relationships among patrilineal kin.