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Behavioural Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos

By: Christophe Boesch(Editor), Gottfried Hohmann(Editor), Linda F Marchant(Author)

285 pages, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2002 | #128105 | ISBN: 0521006139
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Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (Pan paniscus), otherwise known as pygmy chimpanzees, are the only two species of the genus Pan. As they are our nearest relatives, there has been much research devoted to investigating the similarities and differences between them. Behavioural Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos offers an extensive review of the most recent observations to come from field studies on the diversity of Pan social behaviour, with contributions from many of the world's leading experts in this field. A wide range of social behaviours is discussed including tool use, hunting, reproductive strategies and conflict management as well as demographic variables and ecological constraints. In addition to interspecies behavioural diversity, this text describes exciting new research into variations between different populations of the same species. Researchers and students working in the fields of primatology, anthropology and zoology will find this a fascinating read.

"This is an excellent book on the state of the art and I recommend it to you. It contains new data, evaluates old theories, proposes new ideas, indicates the limits of our knowledge and demonstrates that data always trump theory, no matter how seductive the logic."

"Certainly the calibre of the editorship and contributing authors augers well for the quality of the resulting volume which is divided into five parts: Behavioural flexibility; Social relations; Female strategies, Hunting and food sharing; Genetic diversity."
Primate Eye

"Most primatologists will find something of interest and value in this edited volume, [...] I can recommend it highly."
Folia Primatologica


Preface G. Hohmann, C. Boesche and L. F. Marchant
Main introduction C. Boesche

Part I. Behavioural Flexibility: Introduction T. Matsuzawa
1. Multivariate and phylogenetic approaches to understanding chimpanzee and bonobo behavioural diversity D. M. Doran, W. L. Jungers, Y. Sugiyama, J. G. Fleagle and C. P. Heesy
2. Chimpanzees in the dry habitats of Mont Assirik, Senegal and Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Uganda K. D. Hunt and W. C. McGrew
3. Behavioural adaptations to water scarcity in Tongo chimpanzees A. Lanjouw
4. Bonobos of the Lukuru Wildlife Research Project J. Myers-Thompson
5. Grooming-hand-clasp in Mahale M Group chimpanzees: implications for culture in social behaviours M. Nakamura

Part II. Social Relations: Introduction V. Reynolds
6. Factors influencing fission-fusion grouping in chimpanzees in the Tai National Park, Cote d'Ivoire D. P. Anderson, E. V. Nordheim and C. Boesch
7. Ecological and social correlates of chimpanzee party size and composition J. C. Mitani, D. P. Watts and J. S. Lwanga
8. Agonistic relations among Kanyawara chimpanzees M. N. Muller
9. Relationships of male chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Uganda N. E. Newton-Fisher
10. Dynamics in social organisation of bonobos (Pan paniscus) G. Hohmann and B. Fruth

Part III. Female Strategies: The Females That Did Evolve: Introduction M. F. Small
11. Why female bonobos have a lower copulation rate during estrus than chimpanzees T. Furuichi and C. Hashimoto
12. Social relationships between cycling females and adult males in Mahale chimpanzees A. Matsumoto-Oda
13. Seasonal aspects of reproduction and sexual behaviour in two chimpanzee populations: a comparison of Gombe (Tanzania) and Budongo (Uganda) J. Wallis
14. Costs and benefits of grouping for female chimpanzees at Gombe J. M. Williams, H.-Y. Liu and A. E. Pusey
15. The cost of sexual attraction: is there a trade-off in female Pan between sex appeal and received coercion? R. Wrangham

Part IV. Hunting and Food Sharing: Introduction L. F. Marchant
16. Variations in chimpanzee–red colobus interactions C. Boesch, S. Uehara and H. Ihobe
17. How bonobos handle hunts and harvests: why share food? B. Fruth and G. Hohmann
18. Hunting and meat sharing by chimpanzees at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda D. P. Watts and J. C. Mitani

Part V. Genetic Diversity:
19. The evolutionary genetics and molecular ecology of chimpanzees and bonobos B. J. Bradley and L. Vigilant


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Christophe Boesche is a Scientific Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Gottfried Hohmann is a research assistant at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Linda F. Marchant is Professor of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at Miami University, Ohio, USA

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