Food Acquisition and Processing in Primates

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The Adaptive Capacities of the Hanuman Langur and the Categorizing of Diet

  • Paul WinklerAffiliated withInstitute of Anthropology, University of Göttingen

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The diet of primates and related features are of great interest to primatologists from various disciplines. Although there are considerable differences between ethologists, functional morphologists, physiologists or nutritionists, there is the unique tendency to classify various types of diets as well as the single primate species according to its diet. Thus, labels such as frugivorous, folivorous, insectivorous are used, and the consequences for primates of different categories are discussed in relation to evolutionary trends, habitat, behaviour, and so forth.