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photo from Catherine CrockfordCatherine Crockford

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

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Research Interests

I investigate questions related to the evolution of sociality and social cognition. In terms of social cognition, in collaboration with Roman Wittig, I examine questions related to the evolution of language, and use field playback experiments to address questions about the social mind of chimpanzees and baboons. In terms of the evolution of sociality, I examine underlying physiological and cognitive mechanisms that may explain patterns of cooperation or aggression between non-kin as well as kin. Here, in collaboration with Tobias Deschner, we link single social interactions to urinary hormone levels, and in collaboration with Kevin Langergraber, we determine kinship from faecal samples.

This work has been conducted with chimpanzees from the Tai National Park, Ivory Coast in collaboration with Christoph Boesch, chacma baboons in the Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana, in collaboration with Robert Seyfarth and Dorothy Cheney and chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest, Uganda, with Klaus Zuberbühler. This work has been supported by the Max Planck Gesellschaft, the British Academy, the Leakey Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.