Abstract # 4662 Event # 36:

Scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2013 02:00 PM-03:00 PM: Session 5 (San Geronimo Ballroom B) Featured Speaker


PRIMATE KINSHIP: CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CAYO SANTIAGO RHESUS MONKEYS (MACACA MULATTA)

C. M. Berman
Department of Anthropology, Graduate Program in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14261, USA
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     Kinship was one of the first principles of primate social structure to be appreciated, and it remains an important focus today. Cayo Santiago has been a pioneer in the investigation of primate kinship since the 1960s, thanks to the presence of extended matrilines, the meticulous maintenance of the census since the late 1950s and the more recent introduction of genetic analyses of paternity. Kinship studies on Cayo began with Donald Sade’s reports of kin based affiliative networks and matrilineal dominance structures. This dovetailed nicely with the publication of Hamilton’s kin selection theory and opened the way for evolutionary anthropologists to begin to construct plausible hypotheses that link kin related behavior in nonhuman primates and humans. Here I briefly review some findings from Cayo Santiago researchers and alumni that have made important contributions to efforts to test of predictions of kin selection theory, to understand the diversity of kin bias among macaque species and to construct plausible theories that link primate kinship to early human kinship.