Primates and Cetaceans

Field Research and Conservation of Complex Mammalian Societies

  • Juichi Yamagiwa
  • Leszek Karczmarski

Part of the Primatology Monographs book series (PrimMono)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Social Ecology

  3. Life History and Social Evolution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 127-127
    2. Yukio Takahata, Naoki Koyama, Shin’ichiro Ichino, Naomi Miyamoto, Takayo Soma, Masayuki Nakamichi
      Pages 129-147
    3. Juichi Yamagiwa, Yukiko Shimooka, David S. Sprague
      Pages 173-206
    4. Warren Y. Brockelman, Anuttara Nathalang, David B. Greenberg, Udomlux Suwanvecho
      Pages 213-230
  4. Demography, Genetics, and Issues in Conservation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. Elizabeth A. Williamson
      Pages 273-287
    3. Victoria Tornero, Teresa J. Sylvina, Randall S. Wells, Jatinder Singh
      Pages 309-332
  5. Selected Topics in Comparative Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Margaret A. Stanton, Janet Mann
      Pages 345-354
    3. Michio Nakamura, Mai Sakai
      Pages 355-383
    4. Takeshi Furuichi, Richard Connor, Chie Hashimoto
      Pages 385-408
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 433-439

About this book


In this book, the editors present a view of the socioecology of primates and cetaceans in a comparative perspective to elucidate the social evolution of highly intellectual mammals in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Despite obvious differences in morphology and eco-physiology, there are many cases of comparable, sometimes strikingly similar patterns of sociobehavioral complexity. A number of long-term field studies have accumulated a substantial amount of data on the life history of various taxa, foraging ecology, social and sexual relationships, demography, and various patterns of behavior: from dynamic fission–fusion to long-term stable societies; from male-bonded to bisexually-bonded to matrilineal groups.

Primatologists and cetologists have come together to provide four evolutionary themes: (1) social complexity and behavioral plasticity, (2) life history strategies and social evolution, (3) the interface between behavior, demography, and conservation, and (4) selected topics in comparative behavior. These comparisons of taxa that are evolutionarily distant but live in comparable complex sociocognitive environments boost our appreciation of their sophisticated mammalian societies and can advance our understanding of the ecological factors that have shaped their social evolution. This knowledge also facilitates a better understanding of the day-to-day challenges these animals face in the human-dominated world and may improve the capacity and effectiveness of our conservation efforts.



Behavioral plasticity Complex societies of mammals Life history Social behavior Socioecology of dolphins

Editors and affiliations

  • Juichi Yamagiwa
    • 1
  • Leszek Karczmarski
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science Laboratory of Human Evolution StudiesKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.The Swire Institute of Marine Science School of Biological SciencesThe University of Hong KongShek OHong Kong SAR

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