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Biodiversity Research at DPZ

Biodiversity research at DPZ involves all aspects of biological diversity of non-human primates. Specifically, we work on the identification and description of new species, reconstruct primate phylogeny and phylogeography, and investigate how primates interact with and adapt to their environment on an ecological, behavioural and genomic level.

New Species

We have been involved in the description of 25 primate species so far. Many of these species are threatened. Knowledge about their distribution, ecology and genetic differences is essential to protect these species effectively.

South America

Additional newly discovered species

Cuc-Phuong-Ferret-badger. Photo: Elke Schwierz
Melogale cucphuongensis sp. nov. (Nadler et al. 2011)


PD Dr. Christian Roos

PD Dr. Christian Roos Primate Genetics Laboratory +49 551 3851-300 +49 551 3851-372 Contact Profile

[Translate to English:] Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler

Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit +49 551 3851-284 +49 551 3851-291 Contact Profile