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Title: Apes in the Anthropocene: flexibility and survival
Authors: Hockings, Kimberley J
McLennan, Matthew R
Carvalho, Susana
Ancrenaz, Marc
Bobe, Rene
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
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Keywords: great apes
anthropogenic disturbance
behavioural flexibility
ape cognition
hominin coexistence
human–wildlife interaction
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Publisher: Cell Press
Citation: Hockings KJ, McLennan MR, Carvalho S, Ancrenaz M, Bobe R, Byrne RW, Dunbar RIM, Matsuzawa T, McGrew WC, Williamson EA, Wilson ML, Wood B, Wrangham RW & Hill CM (2015) Apes in the Anthropocene: flexibility and survival, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30, pp. 215-222.
Abstract: 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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