Stable Isotope Analysis in Primatology: A Critical Review
Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
© 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Primatology
Volume 74, Issue 11, pages 969–989, November 2012
How to Cite
SANDBERG, P. A., LOUDON, J. E. and SPONHEIMER, M. (2012), Stable Isotope Analysis in Primatology: A Critical Review. Am. J. Primatol., 74: 969–989. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22053
- Issue published online: 26 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 19 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 7 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 20 DEC 2011
- stable isotopes;
- dietary ecology;
Stable isotope analysis has become an important tool in ecology over the last 25 years. A wealth of ecological information is stored in animal tissues in the relative abundances of the stable isotopes of several elements, particularly carbon and nitrogen, because these isotopes navigate through ecological processes in predictable ways. Stable carbon and nitrogen isotopes have been measured in most primate taxonomic groups and have yielded information about dietary content, dietary variability, and habitat use. Stable isotopes have recently proven useful for addressing more fine-grained questions about niche dynamics and anthropogenic effects on feeding ecology. Here, we discuss stable carbon and nitrogen isotope systematics and critically review the published stable carbon and nitrogen isotope data for modern primates with a focus on the problems and prospects for future stable isotope applications in primatology. Am. J. Primatol. 74:969-989, 2012. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.