Jason Kamilar is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy at Midwestern University and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He is interested in the behavior, ecology, and evolution of primates from a comparative perspective. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Understanding primate communities: Recent developments and future directions
Article first published online: 13 AUG 2013
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Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews
Volume 22, Issue 4, pages 174–185, July/August 2013
How to Cite
Kamilar, J. M. and Beaudrot, L. (2013), Understanding primate communities: Recent developments and future directions. Evol. Anthropol., 22: 174–185. doi: 10.1002/evan.21361
- Issue published online: 13 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 13 AUG 2013
- community ecology;
- species coexistence;
- species distributions;
- interspecific competition
In 1999, the edited volume Primate Communities presented several studies that examined broad-scale patterns of primate diversity.1 Similar studies were being conducted on nonprimate taxa; advances in data availability and statistical approaches were allowing scientists to investigate a variety of new questions and to reexamine classical questions in novel ways. While such studies on nonprimate taxa have continued at a steady pace, they have only crept forward for primate species (Fig. 1). In the intervening time, the field of macroecology (Box 1) rapidly developed and has resulted in several books[2-4] and the establishment of new research institutes. We suggest that examining primate communities, especially in a macroecological context, is an important line of research for our field to embrace and an area where biological anthropologists can provide major contributions. We review the current state of research, describe new datasets and research tools, and suggest future research directions.