Genetic signatures of a demographic collapse in a large-bodied forest dwelling primate (Mandrillus leucophaeus) (pages 550–561)
Nelson Ting, Christos Astaras, Gail Hearn, Shaya Honarvar, Joel Corush, Andrew S. Burrell, Naomi Phillips, Bethan J. Morgan, Elizabeth L. Gadsby, Ryan Raaum and Christian Roos
Article first published online: 10 FEB 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ece3.98
The drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) is a cryptic and endangered primate that inhabits the rainforests of West Central Africa. We discovered a nearly 15-fold decline in drill female effective population size that is most marked during the Mid Holocene. We postulate the cause of the population collapse to be forest recession brought on by a warm and arid climate, conditions which may be analogous to projected changes in climate for some current tropical forested regions.