Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates

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Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates, first published in 2006, 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 fresh perspective on the behavioural ecology of the last common ancestor by integrating corresponding information from both human and non-human primates. The potential of innovations of applied biotechnology are also explored to set new standards for future research on feeding ecology, and 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 interesting to primatologists, anthropologists, behavioural ecologists and evolutionary biologists who want to understand better non-human primates, and the primate that is us.
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Meet the Author

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

Preface; Introduction: Primate feeding ecology: an integrative approach Martha M. Robbins and Gottfried Hohmann; Part I. Field Studies: Introduction Peter S. Rodman; 1. Variability of the feeding ecology of eastern gorillas Martha M. Robbins, John Bosco Nkurunungi and Alastair McNeilage; 2. Sympatric western gorilla and mangabey diet: reexamination of ape and monkey foraging strategies Diane M. Doran-Sheehy, Natasha F. Shah and Lisa A. Heimbauer; 3. Effects of fruit scarcity on foraging strategies of sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees Juichi Yamagiwa and Augustin Kanyunyi Basabose; 4. Chimpanzee feeding ecology and comparisons with sympatric gorillas in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo David Morgan and Crickette Sanz; 5. Frugivory and gregariousness of Salonga bonobos and Gashaka chimpanzees: the abundance and nutritional quality of fruit Gottfried Hohmann, Andrew Fowler, Volker Sommer and Sylvia Ortmann; 6. Feeding ecology of savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal Jill D. Pruetz; 7. Food choice in Taï chimpanzees: are cultural differences present? Christophe Boesch, Zoro Bertin Goné Bi, Dean Anderson and Daniel Stahl; 8. The effects of food size, rarity, and processing complexity on white-faced capuchins' visual attention to foraging conspecifics Susan Perry and Juan Carlos Ordoñez Jiménez; Part II. Testing Theories: Introduction Richard W. Wrangham; 9. Primate foraging adaptations: two research strategies Stuart A. Altmann; 10. The predictive power of socioecological models: a reconsideration of resource characteristics, agonism, and dominance hierarchies Andreas Koenig and Carola Borries; 11. Hunger and aggression in capuchin monkeys Charles Janson and Erin Vogel; 12. How does food availability limit the population density of white-bearded gibbons? Andrew J. Marshall and Mark Leighton; 13. Influence of fruit availability on Sumatran orangutan sociality and reproduction Serge A. Wich, Martine L. Geurts, Tatang Mitra Setia and Sri Suci Utami-Atmoko; 14. Central place provisioning: the Hadza as an example Frank W. Marlowe; Part III. Analyzing nutritional ecology: Introduction Katharine Milton; 15. Estimating the quality and composition of wild animal diets - a critical survey of methods Sylvia Ortmann, Brenda J. Bradley, Caroline Stolter and Jörg U. Ganzhorn; 16. The possible application of novel marker methods for estimating dietary intake and nutritive value in primates Robert W. Mayes; 17. Energy intake by wild chimpanzees and orangutans: methodological considerations and a preliminary comparison Nancy Lou Conklin-Brittain, Cheryl D. Knott and Richard W. Wrangham; 18. The role of sugar in diet selection in redtail and red colobus monkeys Lisa Danish, Colin A. Chapman, Mary Beth Hall, Karyn D. Rode and Cedric O'Driscoll Worman; 19. Primate sensory systems and foraging behavior Nathaniel J. Dominy, Peter W. Lucas and Nur Supardi Noor.
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