Population Genetic Structure of Vervet Monkeys in South Africa

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Book Chapter

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Anthropology and Museum Studies

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From a conservation and evolutionary genetic perspective, vervet monkeys were a largely neglected group in South Africa until the late 1990s. This changed when conservation authorities in some provinces expressed concern about the mixing of possibly unique genetic units due to artificial translocation of animals, in what was one of the first applications of the evolutionary significant unit (ESU) concept in South Africa. This interest led to more questions on the evolutionary genetics of vervets, including: “What routes were followed during historical migration of vervets into the region?” and “How do current patterns of genetic diversity reflect the influence of barriers to gene flow in the region?”


This book chapter was originally published in Savanna Monkeys: The Genus Chlorocebus. The full-text article from the publisher can be found here.

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Savanna Monkeys: The Genus Chlorocebus


© Trudy R. Turner, Christopher A. Schmitt, and Jennifer Danzy Cramer 2019