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Department of Primatology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 299

Publications

before 2006

2006-2010

2011-2015

Reviews

Book chapters & monographs

* joint first author; ** joint senior author

Journal Articles (peer reviewed):

2011-2015

Wilson, M.L., Boesch, C., Fruth, B., Furuichi, T., Gilby, I.C., Hashimoto, C., Hobaiter, C.L., Hohmann, G., Itoh, N., Koops, K., Lloyd, J.N., Matsuzawa, T., Mitani, J.C., Mjungu, D.C., Morgan, D., Muller, M.N., Mundry, R., Nakamura, M., Pruetz, J., Pusey, A.E., Riedel, J., Sanz, C., Schel, A.M., Simmons, N., Waller, M., Watts, D.P., White, F., Wittig, R.M., Zuberbühler, K. & Wrangham, R.W. (2014) Lethal aggression in Pan is better explained by adaptive strategies than human impacts. Nature 513:414-417 [pdf]

Power, R., Salazar-Garcia, D.C., Wittig, R.M. & Henry, A.G. (2014) Assessing use and suitability of scanning electron microscopy in the analysis of micro remains in dental calculus. Journal of Archaeological Science 49:160-169 [pdf]

Langergraber, K.E., Rowney, C., Schubert, G., Crockford, C., Hobaiter, C., Wittig, R., Wrangham, R.W., Zuberbühler, K. & Vigilant, L. (2014) How old are chimpanzee communities? Time to the most recent common ancestor of the Y-chromosome in highly patrilocal societies. Journal of Human Evolution 69:1-7 [pdf]

Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Langergraber, K.E. & Zuberbühler, K. (2014) Triadic social interactions operate across time: a field experiment with wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 281:20133155. [pdf] [supplementary]

Langergraber, K.E., Rowney, C., Crockford, C., Wittig, R., Zuberbühler, K. & Vigilant, L. (2014) Genetic analyses suggest no immigration of adult females and their offspring into the Sonso community of chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda. American Journal of Primatology. [pdf]

Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Deschner, T., Langergraber, K.E., Ziegler, T.E. & Zuberbühler, K. (2014) Food sharing is linked to urinary oxytocin levels and bonding in related and unrelated wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 281:20133096. [pdf] [pdf supplementary]

Murthy, S., Couacy-Hymann, E., Metzger, S., Nowak, K., De Nys, H., Boesch, C., Wittig, R.M., Jarvis, M.A., Leendertz, F.H. & Ehlers, B. (2013) Absence of frequent Herpesvirus transmission in non-human primate predator – prey system in the wild. Journal of Virology 87:10651-10659. [pdf]

De Nys, H., Calvignac-Spencer, S., Thiessen, U., Boesch, C., Wittig, R.M., Mundry, R. & Leendertz, F.H. (2013). Age-related effects on malaria parasite infection in wild chimpanzees. Biology Letters 9:20121160.  [pdf] [pdf supplement]

Crockford, C., Wittig, R.M.*, Langergraber, K.E., Ziegler, T.E., Zuberbühler, K. & Deschner, T. (2013). Urinary oxytocin and social bonding in related and unrelated wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B. 280:20122765.  [pdf] [supplementary information]

Crockford, C., Wittig, R.M.*, Mundry, R. & Zuberbühler, K. (2012). Wild chimpanzees inform ignorant group members of danger. Current Biology 22:142-146. [pdf] [supplementary information]

Langergraber, K.E.,  Prüferc, K., Rowney, C., Boesch, C., Crockford, C., Fawcette, K., Inoue, E., Inoue-Muruyama, M., Mitani, J.C. , Muller, M.N., Robbins, M.M., Schubert, G., Stoinski, T.S., Viola, B., Watts, D., Wittig, R.M., Wrangham, R.W., Zuberbühler, K., Pääbo, S. & Vigilant, L. (2012). Generation times in wild chimpanzees and gorillas suggest earlier divergence times in great ape and human evolution. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 39: 15716-15721. [pdf]

2006 - 2010

Wittig, R.M. & Boesch, C. (2010). Receiving post-conflict affiliation from the enemy’s friend reconciles former opponents. PLoS ONE 5(11):e13995. [pdf]

Silk, J.B., Beehner, J.C., Bergman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Moscovice, L.R., Wittig, R.M., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney D.L. (2010). Strong and consistent social bonds enhance the longevity og female baboons. Current Biology 20:1359-1361. [pdf]

Silk, J.B., Beehner, J.C., Bergman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Moscovice, L.R., Wittig, R.M., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney D.L. (2010). Female chacma baboons form strong, equitable and enduring social bonds. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 64:1733-1747. [pdf]

Moscovice, L.R., DiFiorie, A., Crockford, C., Kitchen, D.M., Wittig, R., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney, D.L. (2010). Hedging their bets? Male and female chacma baboons form friendships based on likelihood of paternity. Animal Behaviour 79:1007-1015. [pdf]

Silk, J.B., Beehner, J.C., Bergman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Moscovice, L.R., Wittig, R.M., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney D.L. (2009). The benefits of social capital: Close social bonds among female baboons enhance offspring survival. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 276:3099-3104. [pdf]

Amati, S., Babweteera, F. & Wittig, R.M. (2008). Snare removal by a chimpanzee of the Sonso community, Budongo Forest (Uganda). Pan African News 15(1):6-8. [pdf]

Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Lehmann, J., Whitten, P.L., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney D.L. (2008). Focused grooming networks and stress alleviation in wild female baboons. Hormones & Behavior 54:170-177. [pdf]

Boesch, C., Crockford, C., Herbinger, I., Wittig, R., Moebius, Y. & Normand E. (2008). Intergroup conflicts among chimpanzees in the Taï National Park: Lethal violence and the female perspective. American Journal of Primatology 70:519-532. [pdf]

Crockford, C., Wittig, R.M.*, Whitten, P.L., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney, D.L. (2008). Social stressors and coping mechanisms in wild female baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus). Hormones & Behavior 53:254-265. [pdf]

Crockford, C., Wittig, R.M.*, Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney, D.L. (2007). Baboons eavesdrop to deduce mating opportunities. Animal Behaviour 73:885-890. [pdf]

Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Wikberg, E., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney, D.L. (2007). Kin-mediated reconciliation substitutes for direct reconciliation in female baboons. Proceedings of the Royal Society B274:1109-1115. [pdf]

Wittig, R.M., Crockford, C., Seyfarth, R.M. & Cheney, D.L. (2007). Vocal support in Chacma baboons (Papio hamadryas ursinus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 61:899-909. [pdf]

before 2006

Wittig, R.M. & Boesch, C. (2005). How to repair relationships – reconciliation in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Ethology 111:736–763. [pdf]

Wittig, R.M. & Boesch, C. (2003). The choice of post-conflict interactions in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Behaviour 140:1527–1559. [pdf]

Wittig, R.M. & Boesch, C. (2003). “Decision-making” in conflicts of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes): An extension of the Relational Model. Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 54:491–504. [pdf] [pdfErratum]

Wittig, R.M. & Boesch C. (2003). Food competition and linear dominance hierarchy among female chimpanzees of the Taï National Park. International Journal of Primatology 24:847–867. [pdf]

Reviews

Gogarten, J.F., Akoua-Koffi, C., Calvignac-Spencer, S., Leendertz, S.A.J., Weiss, S., Couacy-Hymann, E., Koné, I., Peeters, M., Wittig, R.M., Boesch, C., Hahn, B.H. & Leendertz, F.H. (2014) The ecology of primate retroviruses – An assessment of 12 years of retroviral studies in the Taï National Park area, Côte d'Ivoire. Virology 460/461:147-153. [pdf]

Crockford, C., Deschner, T., Ziegler, T.E. & Wittig, R.M. (2014) Endogenous peripheral oxytocin measures can give insight into the dynamics of social relationships: a review. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 8:68 [pdf]

Wittig, R.M. (2011). Media Review:A comprehensive guide to chimpanzee behaviour. Review of the audio-visual encyclopedia on ‘Chimpanzee Behavior in the Wild’. American Journal of Primatology 73. [pdf]

Fraser, O.N., Koski, S.E., Wittig, R.M. & Aureli, F. (2009). Opinion Article: Why are bystanders friendly to recipients of aggression? Communicative and Integrative Biology 2(3):1-7. [pdf]

Book Chapters & Monographs

Zuberbuehler, K. & Wittig, R.M. (2011). Field experiments with non-human primates: A tutorial. In: Field and laboratory methods in primatology: A practical guide, 2nd edition, (Setchell, J.M. & Curtis, D.J., editors), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 207-224.

Wittig, R.M. (2010). Function and cognitive underpinnings of post-conflict affiliation in wild chimpanzees. In: Chimpanzee Mind (Lohnsdorf, E., Ross, S. & Matsuzawa, T., editors), Chicago, IL, Chicago University Press, pp. 208-219.

Kitchen, D.M., Cheney, D.L., Seyfarth, R.M., Beehner, J.C., Bergman, T.J., Crockford, C., Engh, A.L., Fischer, J. & Wittig, R.M.  (2009). Costs and consequences of male aggression directed at female chacma baboons. In: Male Coercion in Primates, (Muller, M. & Wrangham, R., editors), Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, pp  128-156.

Wittig, R.M. (2004). Conflict management in wild chimpanzees. University of Leipzig, Leipzig pp.160 [pdf]

Wittig, R. (1996) Änderungen der Verhaltensprofile bei Schimpansen einer Gehegegruppe während der Integration zweier Artgenossen. University of Bielefeld, Bielefeld pp.95 [pdf]

latest update

September 2014