Department of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299
Affiliated Research Groups
The Cuvette Centrale as reservoir of medicinal plants
Our research of terrestrial biodiversity intends to identify and quantify the flora of specific sites in the Central Congo Basin (Cuvette Centrale) with respect to the historic, current and potential future anthropogenic use. In the long run, identification of these socio-cultural and economic aspects of biodiversity may help to better conserve endangered refuges of local and global significance.
Junior Research Group of Primate Kin Selection
Understanding the impact of kinship upon the evolution of social behavior is one of the central questions in Behavioral Ecology. Kin selection theory predicts that animals can increase their fitness by allocating more cooperation to kin than to non-kin.
The Infectious Disease Lab (GAHMU)
The Infectious Disease Lab (GAHMU) has two main aims. The first is to identify pathogens causing death in wild great apes, and the second is to create baseline data on the “physiological” or chronic pathogen presence in great apes.