KYOTO is a prefecture in Japan, located in West-Central Honshu (Kansai region). Previously the capital city of Japan, it has over 2000 temples and shrines and attracts many tourists from all over the world. There are many universities and colleges in Kyoto, including Kyoto University. Kyoto University occupies an important position in the field of animal cognition and evolution in Japan as it established the Primate Research Institute, leaders in Japanese primatology. This entry describes the development of the Primate Research Institute, with a special focus on one of its founders, Dr. Kinji Imanishi.
Kinji Imanishi (1902–1992)
Kinji Imanishi is considered one of the key founders of Japanese primatology. He began his research studying aquatic insects as a graduate student and received a Ph.D. from Kyoto University in 1939. His thesis, entitled “Mayflies from Japanese torrents,” proposed his original theory of evolution, based on his studies of Ephemeroptera in the Kamo...
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