Habitat Fragmentation’s Effect on an Endangered Indian Primate, the Lion-tailed Macaque

By: Kristin Abt The Lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) is an endangered cercopithecine primate native to the Western Ghats region of India, described as one of the primary hotspots of biodiversity in the world (Kumara & Singh, 2004).  IUCN (2010) estimates a mere 2,500 mature individuals with a total population size of 4,000 individuals.  Furthermore, these... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on the Urban Ecology of Long-tailed Macaques

The study of conservation biology, and its oft-times competitor - urbanization, is increasingly relevant to the study of primatology. As a species, long-tailed macaques demonstrate a number of conflicts and potential implications of the urbanization occurring in primate-habitat countries. The long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) is the third-most common primate in the world with an extensive range... Continue Reading →

MonkeySNP: A Database of Non-Human Primate Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms

Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are 1 base pair differences in the genetic code when compared to same sequence from another individual. Many population geneticists who study human genetics compare and contrast SNPs between different populations to understand ancestry and genaology. A new database of non-human primate SNPs, MonkeySNP, has been recently released, and was announced... Continue Reading →

Nonhuman Primates Expect Rational Behavior

From this news release, is this Science paper, "The Perception of Rational, Goal-Directed Action in Nonhuman Primates" where Justin Wood of Harvard's Psychology department and colleagues., figure out that primates expect one another to act rationally. How? Well Wood and crew setup two sets of experiments that tested the behavioral response of over 120 primates,... Continue Reading →

Rhesus Macaques are Statisticians

There's new research coming out from Nature that shows us rhesus macaques are really tuned into statistics and probabilities, they may even have neurons specialized to calculate probabilities. But don't get your hopes up too high... these monkeys will not be your bookies or be crunchin' gout some gnarly ANOVA tests with p-value significance. What... Continue Reading →

Using Macaques to treat Parkinson’s Disease

I consider Pakinson's a very devastating neurodegenerative disease because the affected individuals are fully aware of their degeneration. Unlike Alzheimer's, where individuals become jaded as the disease progresses, individuals with Parkinson's are very conscious of what's happening or actually what's not functioning correctly -- and they can't do a thing about it! So some new findings... Continue Reading →

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