ISSN: 0032-8332 (Print) 1610-7365 (Online)


To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Japan Monkey Centre in 2016, we established a new annual prize: Primates Social Impact Award. Please read the announcement with the original video provided by the first winner showing the behaviors of chimpanzees.

Primates is an international journal of primatology whose aim is to provide a forum for the elucidation of all aspects of primates. The oldest primatological journal, Primates publishes original papers that advance the scientific study of primates, and its scope embraces work in diverse fields covering biological bases of behavior, socio-ecology, learning and cognition, social processes, systematics, evolution, and medicine. Contributions relevant to conservation of natural populations and welfare of captive primates are welcome. Studies focusing on nonprimate species may be considered if their relevance to primatology is clear. Original Articles as well as Review Articles, News and Perspectives, and Book Reviews are included. All manuscripts received are initially screened for suitability by members of the Editorial Board, taking into account style and ethical issues, leading to a swift decision about whether to send the manuscript for external review.

The Editor-in-Chief is Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University.

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The new cover of Primates features an infant male chimpanzee named Flanle wearing a leaf hat. Photo taken by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers in Bossou, Guinea.

He was born September 14, 2007, and the episode occurred at the age of 3 years and 3 months. The hat was made from palm leaves and was used by local people as a cushion for the head when carrying heavy objects. It was discarded by a villager who had carried a heavy oil-palm bunch. No adult chimpanzees paid attention to the discarded leaf hat, but the infant chimpanzee found it and put it on his head immediately. This is an example of delayed imitation of human behavior by a chimpanzee. The mother was using stones to crack open oil-palm nuts. When the infant came near his mother, she tried to make Flanle stop playing with the hat, but he ran away.

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