Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates

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Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates focuses on evolutionary perspectives of the complex interactions between the environment, food sources, physiology and behaviour in primates. This highly interdisciplinary volume provides a benchmark to assess dietary alterations that affected human evolution by putting the focus on the diet of hominid primates. It also offers a new perspective on the behavioural ecology of the last common ancestor by integrating corresponding information from both human and non-human primates. Innovations in applied biotechnology are also explored as they can potentially set new standards for future research on feeding ecology. New information on feeding ecology in humans, apes and other primates is synthesized to help refine or modify current models of socioecology. By taking a comparative view, this book will be of interest to primatologists, anthropologists, behavioural ecologists and evolutionary biologists who want to understand better non-human primates, and the primate that is us.

About the Author:
Gottfried Hohmann is a research associate in the Department of Primatology at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany

About the Author:
Martha M. Robbins is a research associate in the Department of Primatology at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

About the Author:
Christophe Boesch is Director of the Department of Primatology at the Max-Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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GOTTFRIED HOHMANN is a Research Fellow in the Department of Primatology at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, researching bonobos. He has also co-edited Behavioural Differences in Chimpanzees and Bonobos with Christophe Boesch and Linda Marchant (2002, ISBN 0521803543).

MARTHA M. ROBBINS is a Research Associate in the Primatology Department of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She studies the behavioural ecology and reproductive strategies of gorillas. She has also co-edited a volume Mountain Gorillas (2001 ISBN 0521780047) with Pascal Sicotte and Kelly Stewart.

CHRISTOPHE BOESCH is Director of the Department of Primatology at the Max Plank Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He has also co-edited books including Behavioural Differences in Chimpanzees and Bonobos, with Gottfried Hohmann and Linda Marchant (2002, ISBN 0521803543), as well as Monogamy with Ulrich Reichard (2003, ISBN 0521819733).

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Table of Contents

List of contributors     x
Preface     xv
Primate feeding ecology: an integrative approach   Martha M. Robbins   Gottfried Hohmann     1
Field studies     15
Introduction   Peter S. Rodman     11
Variability of the feeding ecology of eastern gorillas   Martha M. Robbins   John Bosco Nkurunungi   Alastair McNeilage     25
Sympatric western gorilla and mangabey diet: re-examination of ape and monkey foraging strategies   Diane M. Doran-Sheehy   Natasha F. Shah   Lisa A. Heimbauer     49
Effects of fruit scarcity on foraging strategies of sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees   Juichi Yamagiwa   Augustin Kanyunyi Basabose     73
Chimpanzee feeding ecology and comparisons with sympatric gorillas in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo   David Morgan   Crickette Sanz     97
Frugivory and gregariousness of Salonga bonobos and Gashaka chimpanzees: the influence of abundance and nutritional quality of fruit   Gottfried Hohmann   Andrew Fowler   Volker Sommer   Sylvia Ortmann     123
Feeding ecology of savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal   Jill D. Pruetz     161
Food choice in Tai chimpanzees: arecultural differences present?   Christophe Boesch   Zoro Bertin Gone Bi   Dean Anderson   Daniel Stahl     183
The effects of food size, rarity, and processing complexity on white-faced capuchins' visual attention to foraging conspecifics   Susan Perry   Juan Carlos Ordonez Jimenez     203
Testing theories: New directions in ape feeding ecology     235
Introduction   Richard W. Wrangham     237
Primate foraging adaptations: two research strategies   Stuart A. Altmann     243
The predictive power of socioecological models; a reconsideration of resource characteristics, agonism, and dominance hierarchies   Andreas Koenig   Carola Borries     263
Hunger and aggression in capuchin monkeys   Charles Janson   Erin Vogel     285
How does food availability limit the population density of white-bearded gibbons?   Andrew J. Marshall   Mark Leighton     313
Influence of fruit availability on Sumatran orangutan sociality and reproduction   Serge A. Wich   Martine L. Gewis   Tatang Mitra Setia   Sri Suci Utami-Atmoko     337
Central place provisioning: the Hadza as an example   Frank W. Marlowe     359
Analyzing nutritional ecology: Picking up the pace: nutritional ecology as an essential research tool in primatology     379
Introduction   Katharine Milton     381
Estimating the quality and composition of wild animal diets - a critical survey of methods   Sylvia Ortmann   Brenda J. Bradley   Caroline Stolter   Jorg U. Ganzhorn     397
The possible application of novel marker methods for estimating dietary intake and nutritive value in primates   Robert W. Mayes     421
Energy intake by wild chimpanzees and orangutans: methodological considerations and a preliminary comparison   Nancy Lou Conklin-Brittain   Cheryl D. Knott   Richard W. Wrangham     445
The role of sugar in diet selection in redtail and red colobus monkeys   Lisa Danish   Colin A. Chapman   Mary Beth Hall   Karyn D. Rode   Cedric O'Driscoll Warman     473
Primate sensory systems and foraging behavior   Nathaniel J. Dominy   Peter W. Lucas   Nur Supardi Noor     489
Index     510
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