Department of Anthropology

Primates and the socio-ecological model: past, present, and future

Fri, April 10, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Nonhuman primates are characterized by a tremendous variation in social organization, social structure, and mating systems. Systematic attempts to explain this variation such as the so-called "socio-ecological model" have linked primate social systems to ecology, sexual selection, and sexual conflict. While the ecological predictions of the model have been rather successful, some major aspects of primate social systems are currently not well explained (e.g., dominance styles, male bonding, dispersal patterns). This talk will review the model, highlight its successes and failures, and pinpoint promising avenues for future research.

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