, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 2-5
Date: 31 Aug 2005

Toshisada Nishida’s contributions to primatology

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Introduction

An international symposium, “African Great Apes: Evolution, Diversity, and Conservation” was held in Kyoto, Japan in March 2004. During three days of poster sessions and talks, over 100 scientists discussed the latest findings in the study of bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas. While participants were there to exchange the results of research reported in this special volume of Primates, an equally important reason for gathering was to honor Professor Toshisada Nishida upon his retirement as the Head of Kyoto University’s Laboratory of Human Evolution Studies. On the day following the symposium, Professor Nishida presented an extremely lively and enlightening “final” lecture during which he regaled a packed auditorium with an account of his life and research career.

Nishida is one of the true pioneers in the study of primate behavior. His seminal research on the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains will forever stand as a landmark in the field. Nishida has helped to train an e ...