Reproductive skew in male primates: tests of theory and implication for
sexual transmitted disease
Period of invitation: 11th May,2006 - 20th May,2006
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
The aim of my visit to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology was to promote the collaboration with Dr. Charlie Nunn
(Department of Primatology) on the reproductive skew in male primates. We
conducted (1) the phylogenetic comparative analyses on the causes of the
reproductive skew, (2) discussion about the effects of the reproductive
skew on primate social structure, prevalence of the sexual transmitted
diseases, and conservational biological significances, (3) writing the
book chapter about the reproductive skew in male primates (Kutsukake and
Nunn), (4) discussion on the future direction of the collaboration. Other
than these, I talked my previous studies in the seminar of the Department
of Primatology and discussed with many researchers and graduated students.
At Leipzig Zoo, I conducted the behavioral observation of bonobos.
Kutsukake, N. & Nunn, C. L. The causes and consequences of
reproductive skew in male primates. In: Reproductive skew in vertebrates:
proximate and ultimate factors. (eds) Hager R & Jones CB. Cambridge
University Press, Cambridge.
Bonobo in Zoo