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Long-term field studies may reveal unnoticed details of social complexity: Determinants, mechanisms and functional significance of kin selection in mandrills

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In primate societies, maternal kinship significantly influences the formation, structure and stability of social relationships primarily because females are generally the philopatric sex and there are obligatory and long-term bonds between mothers and their offspring. However, in several matrilineal societies, reproduction is often biased in favor of one or a few males. As a result, many individuals are related via the paternal line, but these individuals are generally not familiar with each other because they are born into different maternal families. As predicted by the kin selection theory, however, paternal relatedness should impact social relationships to promote paternal nepotism. For historical reasons, paternal relatedness as a structuring factor of social relationships has been little studied. In this talk, I will show that paternal relatives do exhibit differentiated relationships in mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) compared to unrelated individuals. I will then discuss and present new results on recognition mechanisms involved in paternal discrimination. Finally, I will give some indications on the consequences of differentiated social relationships on the selective value of individuals.


Marie Charpentier, ISEM, CNRS, France

Journey Description


E - Main Entrance/Reception
1 - Managing Board; sections: Infection Biology Unit, Unit of Infection Models, Laboratory Animal Science Unit, Primate Genetics Laboratory, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit, Cognitive Ethology Laboratory, Neurobiology Laboratory, Research Coordination, Public Relations, Information Technology, Administration, Technical Support, Library.
2 - Material Delivery/Purchase
3 - Platform Degenerative Diseases
4 - Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
5 - Animal Husbandry
6 - Imaging Center, Functional Imaging Laboratory

Arrival by car

Leave the interstate A7 at exit "Göttingen Nord". Follow the B27 straight ahead in the direction of "Braunlage". After the third traffic light intersection turn right towards "Kliniken". Afterwards turn left onto "Robert-Koch-Straße" direction "Universität Nordbereich/Polizei". At the end of "Robert-Koch-Straße" turn right onto "Otto-Hahn-Straße", direction "Nikolausberg". The first street on the left turn onto "Kellnerweg", follow the signs "Deutsches Primatenzentrum".

Arrival by bus

The footpath from the bus stop "Kellnerweg" to the Main Entrance/Reception: 
From Bus stop "Kellnerweg" (line 21/22 and 23) Cross the road, go in the direction of the bus. At the mailbox, turn left into the footpath and proceed to the end. Turn right into the Kellnerweg. The main entrance of the DPZ is on the left side.

Date and Time 29.09.21 - 16:00 - 18:00 Limited to max. 42 entrants. Signup is not required

Location DPZ - Michael-Lankeit-Hörsaal


Deutsches Primatenzentrum GmbH

Leibniz-Institut für Primatenforschung

Kellnerweg 4

37077 Göttingen

Contact Leonie Pethig
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