Apes in the Anthropocene : flexibility and survival
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We are in a new epoch, the Anthropocene, and research into our closest living relatives, the great apes, must keep pace with the rate that our species is driving change. While a goal of many studies is to understand how great apes behave in natural contexts, the impact of human activities must increasingly be taken into account. This is both a challenge and an opportunity, which can importantly inform research in three diverse fields: cognition, human evolution, and conservation. No long-term great ape research site is wholly unaffected by human influence, but research at those that are especially affected by human activity is particularly important for ensuring that our great ape kin survive the Anthropocene.
Hockings , K J , McLennan , M R , Carvalho , S , Ancrenaz , M , Bobe , R , Byrne , R W , Dunbar , R I M , Matsuzawa , T , McGrew , W C , Williamson , E A , Wilson , M L , Wood , B , Wrangham , R W & Hill , C M 2015 , ' Apes in the Anthropocene : flexibility and survival ' Trends in Ecology and Evolution , vol 30 , no. 4 , pp. 215-222 . DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.002
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Copyright 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 30, 4, April 2015 DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.002
This work was supported by a research grant to K.J.H. from FCT, Portugal (PTDC/CS-ANT/121124/2010) and from MEXT, Japan (CCSN/PWS-U04).
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