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Special issue on the "Freilandtage"

On April 13, a special issue of the British scientific journal “Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B”, which is based on the presentations held at the 9th “Göttinger Freilandtage” 2013, will be released online.
Female barbary macaque with an infant. The social behavior of group-living animals such as primates affects their health and fitness. Photo: Julia Fischer
Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler ist Leiter der Abteilung Verhaltensökologie und Sozialverhalten am Deutschen Primatenzentrum. Foto: Karin Tilch
Prof. Dr. Peter Kappeler is the head of the Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology group at the German Primate Center. Photo: Karin Tilch

The “Göttinger Freilandtage” is a conference that is organized by scientists of the Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit of the DPZ every two years. During the 9th meeting that took place in December 2013, more than 110 behavioral researchers, evolutionary biologists and veterinarians came together to discuss the connections between social factors, health and fitness in different species from ants to primates and humans.

Peter Kappeler, head of the Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology Unit at the DPZ and organizer of the conference, was now decisively involved in the publication of the special issue on the “Freilandtage”. Together with Charles L. Nunn, professor for evolutionary anthropology at the Duke University in Durham (USA), he has taken the compilation and editing of the published articles. The results are now summarized in the up-coming special issue.

The 10th “Göttinger Freilandtage” dealing with cohesion and conformity of social groups will take place from 8th to 11th December 2015 at the German Primate Center.