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Author Sanz, Crickette Marie
Title Behavioral ecology of chimpanzees in a central African forest: Pan troglodytes troglodytes in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo
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Descript 350 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 65-06, Section: A, page: 2264
Chair: Robert Sussman
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Washington University, 2004
In this dissertation, I examine the behavioral ecology of chimpanzees residing in the Goualougo Triangle, Republic of Congo. Although several long-term chimpanzee studies have taken place in East and West Africa, this is the first study to successfully observe an identified community of the central subspecies of chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes troglodytes). Although the Goualougo Triangle study site was only recently established, I was able to make detailed observations of chimpanzee social interactions, daily activity patterns and other specific behaviors such as tool use, communicative gestures, and "cultural variants" identified among other populations. These data will allow us to proceed with more valid intraspecific comparisons of chimpanzees that will increase our understanding of the relationship between ecology and phylogeny in determining primate social systems. Information from this chimpanzee population will also enhance our understanding of the causes and functions of variability in chimpanzee social structure and relationships
The Goualougo Triangle study site is located in a very remote region with no nearby human habitation and it was unlikely that these chimpanzees had any previous contact with humans prior to our research presence. The lack of human disturbance at this site provides one of the last opportunities to study wild chimpanzees in a natural setting. Chimpanzees are often used as living models for our last common ancestor because of their genetic affinity with humans, complex social relationships, and successful exploitation of several habitat types. Therefore, it is extremely important to distinguish the natural behaviors of chimpanzees from those that have been influenced by human disturbance and prioritize the conservation of remaining populations residing in pristine habitats
School code: 0252
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 65-06A
Subject Anthropology, Physical
Biology, Zoology
Biology, Ecology
Alt Author Washington University
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