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Long-Term Field Studies of Primates

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The Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project: Two Decades of Research on Cebus capucinus

  • Susan PerryAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, University of California Email author 
  • , Irene GodoyAffiliated withDepartment of Anthropology, Center for Behavior, Evolution and Culture, University of California
  • , Wiebke LammersAffiliated withProyecto de Monos

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Abstract

The Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project began in 1990 with the study of a single white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) group, and has since expanded to 11 groups. Social behavior has always been the primary focus of our research, with emphasis on communication, social learning, and life history strategies. Genetic analyses in the context of this long-term study have enabled research of many standard behavioral ecology topics such as kin-based altruism, reproductive skew, and inbreeding avoidance. Long-term research on numerous groups, and collaboration with researchers at other C. capucinus sites, has permitted the documentation of social traditions regarding both communicative rituals and foraging techniques.