Vervet Monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerthrus), Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), and Humans (Homo sapiens): Studying Interactions Using Stable Isotope Analysis

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Approximately half of the earth’s nonhuman primates are considered threatened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This is due primarily to anthropogenic influences, including habitat destruction or modification, hunting , and capture for trade (Mittermeier et al., 2012 ). Interactions between humans and non-human primates are often viewed negatively given that they often result in our nonhuman kin being displaced from their natural habitats and/or faced with local extirpation. However, primatologists who focus on human–nonhuman primate interconnections have revealed a diversity of human and nonhuman primate relationships demonstrating that simple positive or negative characterizations are too simplistic (Fuentes, 2012 , 2014 ). Traditionally, these approaches have fused a variety of behavioral observational techniques with cultural anthropological methodologies, including interviews and questionnaires (but see Riley & Ellwanger, 2013).


Here, we seek to build upon previous work using stable isotopes to investigate the impact of humans on nonhuman primate δ13C and δ15N values.


This article 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