ISSN: 0032-8332 (Print) 1610-7365 (Online)


Primates is an international journal of primatology whose aim is to provide a forum for the elucidation of all aspects of primates. The oldest primatological journal, Primates publishes original papers that advance the scientific study of primates, and its scope embraces work in diverse fields covering biological bases of behavior, socio-ecology, learning and cognition, social processes, systematics, evolution, and medicine. Contributions relevant to conservation of natural populations and welfare of captive primates are welcome. Studies focusing on nonprimate species may be considered if their relevance to primatology is clear. Original Articles as well as Review Articles, News and Perspectives, and Book Reviews are included. All manuscripts received are initially screened for suitability by members of the Editorial Board, taking into account style and ethical issues, leading to a swift decision about whether to send the manuscript for external review.

The Editor-in-Chief is Tetsuro Matsuzawa, Kyoto University.

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The new cover of Primates features a young male chimpanzee named Jeje walking along a human trail toward the observers. Photo taken by Anup Shah and Fiona Rogers in Bossou, Guinea.
I have been studying the Bossou chimpanzee community since 1986. Jeje was born in December 1997. The mother Jire, who was about 40 years old at the time, had another elder female child, named Juru. Juru was born on November 19, 1993, and disappeared in December 2001, at the age of 8 years. It is common for wild chimpanzees to disappear (likely emigrate from their natal community to a neighboring one) once they enter puberty. Years later, at the time this photo was taken in December 2010, Jire had three offspring: Jeje (14 years old) and two other dependent youngsters, Joya (6 years old) and Jodoamon (1 year old). Joya was born at 14h00m on September 2nd 2004. It is rare for researchers to have the opportunity to directly observe a birth among wild chimpanzees. Jodoamon was an infant female born on November 18, 2010. Jeje had just become the alpha male of the community. (written by Tetsuro Matsuzawa).

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