Julia Fischer How Is Kinship a Factor for Social Relations of Male Guinea Baboons?
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German Primate Center
The Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH (DPZ) – Leibniz Institute for Primate Research in Göttingen was founded in 1977. It is a non-university research institute and member of the Leibniz Association.The DPZ conducts biological and biomedical basic research with and about non-human primates in the fields of infectious diseases, neuroscience, and primate biology. As a center for expertise and reference in all issues related to primate research and husbandry, the DPZ breeds monkeys for its own research purposes and lends support to other publicly funded scientific institutes. The DPZ operates four field stations in the tropics. The DPZ is actively involved in numerous national and international research collaborations and is engaged in scientific communication and policy advice. (Source: DPZ)
Cognitive Ethology Laboratory
"Our research group "Cognitive Ethology" is based at the German Primate Center in Goettingen, Germany, and linked to the University of Goettingen. We study cognition and communication from an evolutionary and ecological perspective, primarily in nonhuman primates. We focus on three aspects: firstly, we are interested in the information content of vocal signals and the decoding of this information; secondly, we study the development of cognitive and communicative abilities, both from an ontogenetic and a phylogenetic perspective. Third, we investigate how social system, ecology, and phylogenetic descent shape the structure of signaling systems. The ultimate goal of our research program is to contribute to a better understanding of the evolution of language." (Source)
By combining behavioral observations with GPS data on the whereabouts and data on genetic relatedness of males of a Guinea baboon population, the study presented in this video provides new insights into their social structure: The species forms structured multi-level societies. Male Guinea baboons are found to be exceptional in terms of their spatial tolerance and their organizing principle, JULIA FISCHER explains. As opposed to other male non-humane primates, relatedness is not the sole determinant of association, allowing cooperation beyond kinship.
LT Video Publication DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10153
Male Tolerance and Male-Male Bonds in a Multilevel Primate Society
- Annika Patzelt, Gisela H. Kopp, Ibrahima Ndao, Urs Kalbitzer, Dietmar Zinner and Julia Fischer
- Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
- Published in 2014