Evolutionary genetics in wild primates: combining genetic approaches with field studies of natural populations.


Journal Article (Review)

Ecological and evolutionary studies of wild primates hold important keys to understanding both the shared characteristics of primate biology and the genetic and phenotypic differences that make specific lineages, including our own, unique. Although complementary genetic research on nonhuman primates has long been of interest, recent technological and methodological advances now enable functional and population genetic studies in an unprecedented manner. In the past several years, novel genetic data sets have revealed new information about the demographic history of primate populations and the genetics of adaptively important traits. In combination with the rich history of behavioral, ecological, and physiological work on natural primate populations, genetic approaches promise to provide a compelling picture of primate evolution in the past and in the present day.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tung, J; Alberts, SC; Wray, GA

Published Date

  • 2010-08-01

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 353 - 362

PubMed ID

  • 20580115

Pubmed Central ID

  • 20580115

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0168-9525

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.tig.2010.05.005


  • eng