Apes in the Anthropocene: flexibility and survival.

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Publication Type: Journal Article
Authors: Hockings, Kimberley J; McLennan, Matthew R; Carvalho, Susana; Ancrenaz, Marc; Bobe, René; Byrne, Richard W; Dunbar, Robin I M; Matsuzawa, Tetsuro; McGrew, William C; Williamson, Elizabeth A; Wilson, Michael L; Wood, Bernard; Wrangham, Richard W; Hill, Catherine M
Year of Publication: 2015
Journal: Trends Ecol Evol
Volume: 30
Issue: 4
Pagination: 215-22
Date Published: 2015 Apr
Publication Language: eng
ISSN: 1872-8383
Keywords: Animals, Behavior, Animal, Biological Evolution, Cognition, Conservation of Natural Resources, Hominidae, Human Activities, Humans, Research

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.

DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.02.002
Alternate Journal: Trends Ecol. Evol. (Amst.)