SpringerBriefs in Biology

Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

Primatology in Japan

Authors: Huffman, M.A., Nakagawa, N., Go, Y., Imai, H., Tomonaga, M.

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This book introduces to the reader unfamiliar with primatology in Japan three research projects representative of the unique multidisciplinary approach carried out by scientists at Kyoto University, the country’s premier institution for primate studies. The projects are all aimed at understanding the age-old questions, where did we come from, and what makes us unique or similar to our primate ancestors? The first chapter, by Naofumi Nakagawa, focuses on the cultural diversity of social behavior in the Japanese macaque. This chapter reviews research on primate culture, in particular the work on Japanese macaques, then presents what is arguably the first example of a culturally transmitted social convention in the species, called “hug-hug”. The second chapter, by Michael A. Huffman, introduces our current knowledge of self-medication in primates, based largely on a long-term study of wild chimpanzees at Kyoto University’s longest ongoing chimpanzee field in Africa, Mahale, in Tanzania. The suite of behavioral adaptations to parasite infections in chimpanzees is compared with our current knowledge of self-medication in other primates and other animal species. The third chapter, by Yasuhiro Go, Hiroo Imai, and Masaki Tomonaga, describes the ambitious efforts to combine cognitive science and genomics into a new discipline called “comparative cognitive genomics”. This chapter provides an overview of recent advancements in chimpanzee comparative cognition, the construction of a chimpanzee genomic database, and comparative genomic studies at the individual level, looking into factors affecting personality and individuality.

Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Cultural Diversity of Social Behaviors in Japanese Macaques

    Huffman, Michael A. (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Primate Self-medication and the Treatment of Parasite Infection

    Huffman, Michael A. (et al.)

    Pages 13-23

  • From Genes to the Mind: Comparative Genomics and Cognitive Science Elucidating Aspects of the Apes That Make Us Human

    Huffman, Michael A. (et al.)

    Pages 25-52

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Monkeys, Apes, and Humans
Book Subtitle
Primatology in Japan
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Biology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54153-0
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54153-0
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-54152-3
Series ISSN
2192-2179
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 52
Number of Illustrations and Tables
9 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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