The Monkeys of Stormy Mountain: 60 Years of Primatological Research on the Japanese Macaques of Arashiyama

The Monkeys of Stormy Mountain: 60 Years of Primatological Research on the Japanese Macaques of Arashiyama


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The Arashiyama group of Japanese macaques holds a distinguished place in primatology as one of the longest continuously studied non-human primate populations in the world. The resulting long-term data provide a unique resource for researchers, allowing them to move beyond cross-sectional studies to tackle larger issues involving individual, matrilineal and group histories. This book presents an overview of the scope and magnitude of research topics and management efforts that have been conducted on this population for several decades, covering not only the original troop living around Kyoto, Japan, but also the two subgroups that were translocated to Texas, USA and Montreal, Canada. The chapters encompass topics including life history, sexual, social and cultural behaviour and ecology, giving an insight into the range of current primatological research. The contributors underscore the historic value of the Arashiyama macaques and showcase new and significant research findings that highlight their continuing importance to primatology.

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ISBN-13: 9781108823920
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/18/2020
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #61
Pages: 516
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Jean-Baptiste Leca is a postdoctoral research fellow and lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge, Canada. His research explores the determinants of behavioural innovations and traditions, and the evolution of non-conceptive sexuality, including the motivational mechanisms underlying female-to-male mounting in Arashiyama Japanese macaques.

Michael A. Huffman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Behaviour and Ecology at the Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan. His research on free-ranging and captive Japanese macaques encompasses sexual behaviour, reproductive physiology and energetics, enrichment, social learning, cultural behaviour, self-medication and parasite ecology.

Paul L. Vasey is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. His research focuses on the development and evolution of non-conceptive sexuality from a cross-species and cross-cultural perspective. He has conducted research on sexual behaviour in free-ranging Japanese macaques at Arashiyama and on the captive subgroup in Montreal.

Table of Contents

List of contributors; Foreword Masao Kawai; Preface; Introduction Michael A. Huffman, Paul L. Vasey and Jean-Baptiste Leca; Part I. Historical Perspectives: 1. A brief historical timeline of research on the Arashiyama macaques Michael A. Huffman, Linda M. Fedigan, Paul L. Vasey and Jean-Baptiste Leca; 2. In search of the phantom monkeys (originally published in 1975) Eiji Ohta, translated by Michael A. Huffman; 3. Arashiyama monkeys in the late 1950s Yukimaru Sugiyama; 4. Touches of humanity in monkey society (originally published in 1980) Naoki Koyama, translated by Michael A. Huffman; 5. Fifty years of female macaque demography at Arashiyama, with special reference to long-lived females (>25 years) Alisa Chalmers, Michael A. Huffman, Naoki Koyama and Yukio Takahata; Part II. Sexual Behaviour: 6. Long-term trends in the mating relationships of Japanese macaques at Arashiyama, Japan Michael A. Huffman and Yukio Takahata; 7. Correlates between ovarian cycle phase and mating season behaviour in female Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) Ann O'Neill; 8. Factors influencing mating frequency of male Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) at Arashiyama West Katharine M. Jack; 9. Costs and benefits of old age reproduction in the Arashiyama West female Japanese macaques Mary S. M. Pavelka and Linda M. Fedigan; 10. Is female homosexual behaviour in Japanese macaques really sexual? Paul L. Vasey and Doug P. VanderLaan; Box essay. Male homosexual behaviour in Arashiyama Yuji Takenoshita; 11. A theoretical model of the development and evolution of non-conceptive mounting behaviour in Japanese macaques Doug P. VanderLaan, Sergio M. Pellis and Paul L. Vasey; 12. Male masturbation behaviour of Japanese macaques in Arashiyama E troop Eiji Inoue; Part III. Cultural Behaviour, Social Interactions, and Ecology: 13. Thirty years of stone handling tradition in Arashiyama macaques: implications for cumulative culture and tool use in non-human primates Jean-Baptiste Leca, Noëlle Gunst and Michael A. Huffman; 14. Social object play among juvenile Japanese macaques: comparison between the provisioned Arashiyama troop and the non-provisioned Kinkazan troop Masaki Shimada; Box essay. Play fighting in Japanese macaques: a comparative perspective Sergio M. Pellis and Vivien C. Pellis; Box essay. Eye-covering play in Japanese macaques and orangutans Anne Russon and Paul L. Vasey; 15. Behavioural sequences involved in grooming interactions in adult female Japanese macaques: how do participants change roles and maintain interactions? Mariko Fujimoto; Box essay. Dental flossing behaviour as a grooming-related innovation by a Japanese macaque Jean-Baptiste Leca; 16. The impact of kinship, defence cost and priority of access on food competition in Japanese macaques Patrick Bélisle, Jean Prud'homme and Constance Dubuc; 17. Plant-food diet of the Arashiyama Japanese macaques and its potential medicinal value Michael A. Huffman and Andrew J. J. MacIntosh; Part IV. Management and Education: 18. Birth control in female Japanese macaques at Iwatayama Monkey Park, Arashiyama Keiko Shimizu; 19. Importance of the Arashiyama Japanese macaques in science and environmental education Yuji Takenoshita and Yukiyo Maekawa; Appendix. Bibliography of publications on the Arashiyama macaques; Index.

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