Abstract # 79:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2013 07:00 PM-09:00 PM: Session 9 (SG Foyer ABC) Poster Presentation


THE CPRC SKELETAL COLLECTION AS A RESEARCH RESOURCE

T. B. Kensler1,2
1Caribbean Primate Research Center, University of Puerto Rico, PO Box 192013, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00919-2013, USA, 2University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus
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The Caribbean Primate Research Center’s Skeletal Collection is comprised of free-ranging rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta), collected from the macaque population on Cayo Santiago (CS) after natural death. The Island of Cayo Santiago was founded in 1938 for behavioral observations of macaques in a naturalistic setting. The demographic database dates back to 1957. In 2011, the database tracked 11 generations. The Skeletal Collection was started in 1972 but contains earlier specimens, among them 25 of the 1957 CS matriline founders. The most extensive contiguous pedigree in the Skeletal Collection consists of eight generations with 44 individuals. Collecting still continues. The Collection is derived from a stable, long-term and minimally disrupted population of known relationships whose offspring are still living in CS. It should be an excellent model for population genetic studies of non-human primates. The Collection is supported by NIH grant 8 P40 OD012217-25 and UPR.