Primate mating systems, kin associations, and cooperative behavior: Evidence for kin recognition?
Article first published online: 24 FEB 2008
Copyright © 1984 Wiley-Liss, Inc., A Wiley Company
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Supplement: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 27, Issue Supplement S5, pages 99–134, 1984
How to Cite
Gouzoules, S. (1984), Primate mating systems, kin associations, and cooperative behavior: Evidence for kin recognition?. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 27: 99–134. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.1330270506
- Issue published online: 24 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 24 FEB 2008
- Kin recognition;
- Recognition mechanisms;
The degree to which cooperative behavior is kin-correlated in different primate species is reviewed. The mechanisms whereby individuals might recognize related conspecifics are also considered. Different mating systems, in conjunction with dispersal behavior, are hypothesized to produce particular patterns of kin association in primate groups. These patterns determine what classes of kin are likely to be distinguished, as well as which mechanisms of recognition would be predicted. Association or familiarity during development is concluded to be the most important mechanism of kin discrimination in the primates.