Journal Article

Apes in the Anthropocene: flexibility and survival


We are in a new epoch, the Anthropocene, and research into our closest living relatives, the great apes, must keep pace with the rate that our species is driving change. While a goal of many studies is to understand how great apes behave in natural contexts, the impact of human activities must increasingly be taken into account. This is both a challenge and an opportunity, which can importantly inform research in three diverse fields: cognition, human evolution, and conservation. No long-term great ape research site is wholly unaffected by human influence, but research at those that are especially affected by human activity is particularly important for ensuring that our great ape kin survive the Anthropocene.

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Hockings, Kimberley J.
McLennan, Matthew R.
Carvalho, Susana
Ancrenaz, Marc
Bobe, René
Byrne, Richard W.
Dunbar, Robin I.M.
Matsuzawa, Tetsuro
McGrew, William C.
Williamson, Elizabeth A.
Wilson, Michael L.
Wood, Bernard
Wrangham, Richard W.
Hill, Catherine M.

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Year of publication: 2015
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-09-02

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