This month in primatology (Feb 2016)

At the end of February, here’s a non-exhaustive list of papers on primate behavioral ecology from across a variety of journals.

Dominance relations & social competition

The effect of intergroup competition on intragroup affiliation in primates

Dominance relationships in male Nepal gray langurs (Semnopithecus schistaceus)

The dark side of the red ape: male-mediated lethal female competition in Bornean orangutans

Breaking the succession rule: the costs and benefits of an alpha-status take-over by an immigrant rhesus macaque on Cayo Santiago

Obstacles and catalysts of cooperation in humans, bonobos, and chimpanzees: behavioural reaction norms can help explain variation in sex roles, inequality, war and peace


Promiscuous primates engage in same-sex genital interactions



Enduring voice recognition in bonobos

Bonobos (Pan paniscus) vocally protest against violations of social expectations

Social familiarity affects Diana monkey (Cercopithecus diana diana) alarm call responses in habitat-specific ways

Food-Associated Calling in Gorillas (Gorilla g. gorilla) in the Wild

Copying hierarchical leaders’ voices? Acoustic plasticity in female Japanese macaques


Life history & development

Weaned age variation in the Virunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei): influential factors

Male Infanticide in the Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana), a Seasonally Breeding Primate

Infant Mortality Risk and Paternity Certainty Are Associated with Postnatal Maternal Behavior toward Adult Male Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)

Early-life social adversity and developmental processes in nonhuman primates

Non-Maternal Infant Handling in Wild Formosan Macaques of Mount Longevity, Taiwan


Social networks, sociality, cooperation

Social structure and Escherichia coli sharing in a group-living wild primate, Verreaux’s sifaka

Network centrality and seasonality interact to predict lice load in a social primate

Bystanders, parcelling, and an absence of trust in the grooming interactions of wild male chimpanzees

The ties that bind: Maternal kin bias in a multilevel primate society despite natal dispersal by both sexes


Culture & innovation

Chimpanzee accumulative stone throwing

The reluctant innovator: orangutans and the phylogeny of creativity

The coevolution of innovation and technical intelligence in primates

Animal and human innovation: novel problems and novel solutions

A multidisciplinary view on cultural primatology: behavioral innovations and traditions in Japanese macaques


Ecology, variation & conservation

Nutritional consequences of folivory in a small-bodied lemur (Lepilemur leucopus): Effects of season and reproduction on nutrient balancing

Adapting to Florida’s riverine woodlands: the population status and feeding ecology of the Silver River rhesus macaques and their interface with humans

South to south learning in great ape conservation

Is Tickling Torture? Assessing Welfare towards Slow Lorises (Nycticebus spp.) within Web 2.0 Videos

Chimpanzee research and conservation in Bossou and the Nimba Mountains: a long-term international collaborative effort in West Africa