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Primates

, 50:363 | Cite as

Standardised protocol for primate faecal analysis

  • William C. McGrewEmail author
  • Linda F. Marchant
  • Caroline A. Phillips
Short Communication

Abstract

Macroscopic analysis of primate faeces as a way to study diet is well established, but lack of standardisation of methods may handicap comparative studies of the resulting data. Here we present a proven technique, including equipment and supplies, protocol and procedure, that yields quantitative data suitable for systematic investigation within and across primate taxa. As the problems of habituation become more obvious, the application of such indirect methods may increase in usefulness.

Keywords

Diet Faecal analysis Field methods Scat Dung 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We thank Caroline Tutin, Elizabeth Williamson, Yuji Takenoshita, and an anonymous reviewer for incisive comments on the manuscript. This paper is dedicated to Pamela Baldwin, who devised many of the procedures described herein.

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© Japan Monkey Centre and Springer 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • William C. McGrew
    • 1
    Email author
  • Linda F. Marchant
    • 2
  • Caroline A. Phillips
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biological Anthropology, Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary StudiesUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyMiami UniversityOxfordUSA

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