Predator Recognition in the Absence of Selection

Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR)


Animals are frequently confronted with changing environmental conditions (Houston and McNamara 1992; Komers 1997). When they are no longer exposed to the sources of selection that their ancestors once faced, they experience relaxed selection on these sources (Coss 1999). They may still retain behavior that was shaped to cope with the past selective forces, even though it no longer serves a specific function (Blumstein et al. 2000; Rothstein 2001).


Alarm Call Antipredator Behavior Human Voice Antipredator Response Proboscis Monkey 
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I thank Thomas Ziegler, Keith Hodges, Christophe Abegg, Muhammad Agil, and Bogor Agricultural University for allowing me to conduct research at SCP, providing logistical support, and offering useful suggestions on the case study. Pak Nauli and Risel were excellent field guides. Daniel Blumstein, Richard Coss, Peter Klopfer, Mark Laidre, Gail Patricelli, Thomas Ziegler, and two anonymous reviewers provided useful comments on this chapter. JLY was funded by a Morley Student Research Grant, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and the German Primate Center, Göttingen.


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