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Development of feeding in ring-tailed lemurs


Abstract Fundamental hypotheses about the life history, complex cognition and social dynamics of humans are rooted in feeding ecology - particularly in the experiences of young animals as they grow. However, the few existing primate developmental data are limited to only a handful of species of monkeys and apes. Without comparative data from more basal primates, such as lemurs, we are limited in the scope of our understanding of how feeding has shaped the evolution of these extraordinary aspects of primate biology. I present a developmental view of feeding ecology in the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta) using a mixed longitudinal sample (infant through adult) collected at the Beza Mahafaly Special Reserve in southwestern Madagascar from May 2009 to M... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor O'Mara, Michael Teague (Author) / Nash, Leanne T (Advisor) / Reed, Kaye E (Committee member) / Schwartz, Gary T (Committee member) / Sauther, Michelle L (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Animal behavior / Biology / Evolution & development / juvenile / life history / ontogeny / primate evolution / sex differences / social learning
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 262 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Anthropology 2012
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
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