Monkeys, Apes, and Humans

Primatology in Japan

  • Michael A. Huffman
  • Naofumi Nakagawa
  • Yasuhiro Go
  • Hiroo Imai
  • Masaki Tomonaga

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Biology book series (BRIEFSBIOL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Michael A. Huffman, Naofumi Nakagawa, Yasuhiro Go, Hiroo Imai, Masaki Tomonaga
    Pages 1-12
  3. Michael A. Huffman, Naofumi Nakagawa, Yasuhiro Go, Hiroo Imai, Masaki Tomonaga
    Pages 13-23
  4. Michael A. Huffman, Naofumi Nakagawa, Yasuhiro Go, Hiroo Imai, Masaki Tomonaga
    Pages 25-52

About this book


This book introduces to the reader unfamiliar with primatology in Japan three research projects representative of the unique multidisciplinary approach carried out by scientists at Kyoto University, the country’s premier institution for primate studies. The projects are all aimed at understanding the age-old questions, where did we come from, and what makes us unique or similar to our primate ancestors? The first chapter, by Naofumi Nakagawa, focuses on the cultural diversity of social behavior in the Japanese macaque. This chapter reviews research on primate culture, in particular the work on Japanese macaques, then presents what is arguably the first example of a culturally transmitted social convention in the species, called “hug-hug”. The second chapter, by Michael A. Huffman, introduces our current knowledge of self-medication in primates, based largely on a long-term study of wild chimpanzees at Kyoto University’s longest ongoing chimpanzee field in Africa, Mahale, in Tanzania. The suite of behavioral adaptations to parasite infections in chimpanzees is compared with our current knowledge of self-medication in other primates and other animal species. The third chapter, by Yasuhiro Go, Hiroo Imai, and Masaki Tomonaga, describes the ambitious efforts to combine cognitive science and genomics into a new discipline called “comparative cognitive genomics”. This chapter provides an overview of recent advancements in chimpanzee comparative cognition, the construction of a chimpanzee genomic database, and comparative genomic studies at the individual level, looking into factors affecting personality and individuality.


Chimpanzees Genome Host parasite interaction Japanese macaques Primate Social customs

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael A. Huffman
    • 1
  • Naofumi Nakagawa
    • 2
  • Yasuhiro Go
    • 3
  • Hiroo Imai
    • 4
  • Masaki Tomonaga
    • 5
  1. 1.Kyoto UniversityPrimate Research InstituteInuyamaJapan
  2. 2., Graduate School of ScienceKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  3. 3.Kyoto UniversityPrimate Research InstituteInuyamaJapan
  4. 4.Kyoto UniversityPrimate Research InstituteInuyamaJapan
  5. 5.Kyoto UniversityPrimate Research InstituteInuyamaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-54152-3
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-54153-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-2179
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-2187
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