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Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in savanna landscapes.

Lindshield, S., Hernandez-Aguilar, R.A., Korstjens, A.H., Marchant, L.F., Narat, V., Ndiaye, P.I., Ogawa, H., Piel, A.K., Pruetz, J.D., Stewart, F.A., van Leeuwen, K.L., Wessling, E.G. and Yoshikawa, M., 2021. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in savanna landscapes. Evolutionary Anthropology, 30 (6), 399 - 420.

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DOI: 10.1002/evan.21924


Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are the only great apes that inhabit hot, dry, and open savannas. We review the environmental pressures of savannas on chimpanzees, such as food and water scarcity, and the evidence for chimpanzees' behavioral responses to these landscapes. In our analysis, savannas were generally associated with low chimpanzee population densities and large home ranges. In addition, thermoregulatory behaviors that likely reduce hyperthermia risk, such as cave use, were frequently observed in the hottest and driest savanna landscapes. We hypothesize that such responses are evidence of a "savanna landscape effect" in chimpanzees and offer pathways for future research to understand its evolutionary processes and mechanisms. We conclude by discussing the significance of research on savanna chimpanzees to modeling the evolution of early hominin traits and informing conservation programs for these endangered apes.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Correction added on October 15, 2021 after first online publication: figure caption added for the image in box 2
Uncontrolled Keywords:Pan troglodytes ; behavioral flexibility ; dry environments ; mosaic vegetation ; primates ; seasonality ; Animals ; Grassland ; Pan troglodytes
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36478
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:11 Jan 2022 09:12
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:32


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