Feeding Ecology in Apes and Other Primates: Ecological, Physical, and Behavioral Aspects

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-26
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Primate feeding ecology: an integrative approach
Field Studies: Introduction
Variability of the feeding ecology of eastern gorillas
Sympatric western gorilla and mangabey diet: reexamination of ape and monkey foraging strategies
Effects of fruit scarcity on foraging strategies of sympatric gorillas and chimpanzees
Chimpanzee feeding ecology and comparisons with sympatric gorillas in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo
Frugivory and gregariousness of Salonga bonobos and Gashaka chimpanzees: the abundance and nutritional quality of fruit
Feeding ecology of savanna chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) at Fongoli, Senegal
Food choice in Taļ chimpanzees: are cultural differences present?
The effects of food size, rarity, and processing complexity on white-faced capuchins' visual attention to foraging conspecifics
Testing Theories: Introduction
Primate foraging adaptations: two research strategies
The predictive power of socioecological models: a reconsideration of resource characteristics, agonism, and dominance hierarchies
Hunger and aggression in capuchin monkeys
How does food availability limit the population density of white-bearded gibbons?
Influence of fruit availability on Sumatran orangutan sociality and reproduction
Central place provisioning: the Hadza as an example
Analyzing nutritional ecology: Introduction
Estimating the quality and composition of wild animal diets - a critical survey of methods
The possible application of novel marker methods for estimating dietary intake and nutritive value in primates
Energy intake by wild chimpanzees and orangutans: methodological considerations and a preliminary comparison
The role of sugar in diet selection in redtail and red colobus monkeys
Primate sensory systems and foraging behavior
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