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Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Vigilant L, Stoneking M, and AC Wilson (1988). Conformational mutation in human mitochondrial DNA detected by direct sequencing of enzymatically amplified DNA. Nucleic Acids Research 16: 5945-5955.
  2. Vigilant L, Pennington R, Harpending H, Kocher T and AC Wilson (1989). Mitochondrial DNA sequences in single hairs from a southern African population. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 86: 9350-9354.
  3. Vigilant L, Stoneking M, Harpending H, Hawkes K, and AC Wilson (1991). African populations and the evolution of human mitochondrial DNA. Science 253: 1503-1507.
  4. Stoneking M, Hedgecock D, Higuchi R, Vigilant L, and HA Erlich (1991). Population variation of human mtDNA control region sequences detected by enzymatic amplification and sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes. American Journal of Human Genetics 48: 370-382.
  5. Stoneking M, Sherry S T, and Vigilant L (1992). Geographic origin of human mitochondrial DNA revisited. Systemic Biology 41: 384-391.
  6. Stoneking M, Sherry S T, Redd AJ, and Vigilant L (1992). New approaches to dating suggest a recent age for the human mtDNA ancestor. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B 337: 167-175.
  7. Soodyall H, Vigilant L, Hill A V, Stoneking M, and Jenkins T (1996) MtDNA control-region sequence variation suggests multiple independent origins of an “Asian-specific” 9-bp deletion in sub-Saharan Africans. American Journal of Human Genetics 58: 595-608.
  8. Vigilant L (1999) An evaluation of techniques for the extraction and amplification of DNA from naturally shed hairs. Biological Chemistry 380: 1329-1331.
  9. DiBenedetto G, Nasidze IS, Stenico M, Nigro L, Krings M, Lanzinger M, Vigilant L, Stoneking M, Pääbo S and Barbujani G (2000) Mitochondrial DNA equences in prehistoric human remains from the Alps. European Journal of Human Genetics 8: 669-677.
  10. Bradley BJ, Boesch C and Vigilant L (2000) Identification and redesign of human microsatellite markers for genotyping wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) and gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) DNA from feces. Conservation Genetics 1: 289-292.
  11. Warren KS, Verschoor EJ, Langenhuijzen S, Heriyanto, Swan RA, Vigilant L and Heeney JH (2001) Speciation and intra-subspecific variation of Bornean orang-utans, Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus. Molecular Biology and Evolution 18: 472-480.
  12. Morin PA, Chambers KE, Boesch C and Vigilant L (2001) Quantitative PCR analysis of DNA from noninvasive samples for accurate microsatellite genotyping of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus). Molecular Ecology 10: 1835-1844.
  13. Bradley BJ, Chambers K and Vigilant L (2001) Accurate DNA-based sex identification of apes using non-invasive samples. Conservation Genetics 2: 179-181.
  14. Vigilant L, Hofreiter M, Siedel H, and Boesch C (2001) Paternity and relatedness in wild chimpanzee communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 98: 12890-12895.
  15. Smith S, Vigilant L and Morin P (2002) The effects of sequence length and oligonucleotide mismatches on 5’ exonuclease assay efficiency. Nucleic Acids Research 30: e111.
  16. Bradley BJ and Vigilant L (2002) False alleles derived from microbial DNA pose a potential source of error in microsatellite genotyping of DNA from feces. Molecular Ecology Notes 2: 602-605.
  17. Hofreiter M, Siedel H and Vigilant L (2003) Mitochondrial DNA sequence from a vanished remnant gorilla population (Gorilla gorilla uellensis). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 121: 361-368.
  18. Thalmann O, Hebler J, Poinar H, Pääbo S and Vigilant L (2004) Unreliable mtDNA data due to nuclear insertions: a cautionary tale from analysis of humans and other great apes. Molecular Ecology 13: 321-335.
  19. Crockford C, Herbinger I, Vigilant L and Boesch C (2004) Wild chimpanzees produce group-specific calls: a case for vocal learning? Ethology 110: 221-243.
  20. Bradley BJ, Doran-Sheehy DM, Lukas D, Boesch C and Vigilant L (2004) Dispersed male networks in western gorillas. Current Biology 14: 510-513.
  21. Nsubuga AM, Robbins MM, Roeder A, Morin P, Boesch C and Vigilant L (2004) Factors affecting the amount of genomic DNA extracted from ape feces and the identification of an improved sample storage method. Molecular Ecology 13: 2089-2094.
  22. McGrew WC, Ensminger AL, Marchant LF, Pruetz JD and Vigilant L (2004) Genotyping aids field study of unhabituated chimpanzees. American Journal of Primatology 63: 87-93.
  23. Leendertz FH, Ellerbrok H, Boesch C, Couacy-Hymann E, Mätz-Rensing K, Hakenbeck R, Bergmann C, Abaza P, Junglen S, Moebius S, Vigilant L, Formenty P and Pauli G (2004) Anthrax kills wild chimpanzees in a tropical rainforest. Nature 430: 451-452.
  24. Chambers KE, Reichard UH, Möller A, Nowak K, and Vigilant L (2004) Cross-species amplification of human microsatellite markers using non-invasive samples from white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) American Journal of Primatology 64: 19-27.
  25. Vigilant L and Bradley BJ (2004) Genetic variation in gorillas. American Journal of Primatology 64: 161-172.
  26. Lukas D, Bradley BJ, Nsubuga AM, Doran-Sheehy D, Robbins M, Vigilant L (2004) Major histocompatibility complex and microsatellite variation in two populations of wild gorillas. Molecular Ecology 13: 3389-3402.
  27. Eriksson J, Hohmann G, Boesch C and Vigilant L (2004) Rivers influence the population genetic structure of bonobos. Molecular Ecology 13: 3425-3435.
  28. Pääbo S, Poinar H, Serre D, Jaenicke-Després V, Hebler J, Rohland N, Kuch M, Krause J, Vigilant L and Hofreiter M (2004) Genetic analyses from ancient DNA. Annual Review of Genetics 38: 645-79.
  29. Thalmann O, Serre D, Hofreiter M, Lukas D, Eriksson J and Vigilant L (2005) Nuclear insertions help and hinder inference of the evolutionary history of gorilla mtDNA. Molecular Ecology 14: 179-188.
  30. Lukas D, Vigilant L (2005) Reply: Facts, faeces and setting standards for the study of MHC genes using noninvasive samples. Molecular Ecology 14: 1601-1602.
  31. Lukas D, Reynolds V, Boesch C and Vigilant L (2005) To what extent does living in a group mean living with kin? Molecular Ecology 14: 2181-2196.
  32. Bradley BJ, Robbins MM, Williamson EA, Steklis HD, Steklis NG, Eckhardt N, Boesch C, Vigilant L (2005) Mountain gorilla tug-of-war: silverbacks have limited control over reproduction in multi-male groups. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 102: 9418-9423.
  33. Leendertz FH, Yumlu S, Pauli G, Boesch C, Couacy-Hymann E, Vigilant L, Yunglen S, Schenk S, Ellerbrok H (2006) A new Bacillus anthracis found in wild chimpanzees and a gorilla from West and Central Africa. PLoS Pathogens 2:1, e8 DOI: 10.1371.
  34. Muniz L, Perry S, Manson JH, Gilkenson H, Gros-Louis J, Vigilant L (2006) Father-daughter inbreeding avoidance in a wild primate population. Current Biology 16: R156-157.
  35. Eriksson J, Siedel H, Lukas D, Kayser M, Erler A, Hashimoto C, Hohmann G, Boesch C, Vigilant L (2006) Y-chromosome analysis confirms highly sex-biased dispersal and suggests a low male effective population size in bonobos (Pan paniscus). Molecular Ecology 15: 939-949.
  36. Boesch C, Kohou G, Néné H and Vigilant L (2006) Male competition and paternity in wild chimpanzees of the Taï forest. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 130: 103-115.
  37. Thalmann O, Fischer A, Lankester F, Pääbo S, Vigilant L (2007) The complex evolutionary history of gorillas: insights from genomic data. Molecular Biology and Evolution 24: 146-158.
  38. Bergl R, Vigilant L (2007) Genetic analysis reveals population structure and recent migration within the highly fragmented range of the Cross River gorilla. Molecular Ecology 16: 501-516.
  39. Bradley BJ, Stiller M, Doran-Sheehy DM, Harris T, Chapman CA, Vigilant L, Poinar H (2007) Plant DNA sequences from feces: Potential means for assessing diets of wild primates. American Journal of Primatology 69: 1-7.
  40. Langergraber KE, Mitani JC, Vigilant L (2007) The limited impact of kinship on cooperation in wild chimpanzees. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 104: 7786-7790.
  41. Bradley BJ, Doran-Sheehy D, Vigilant L (2007) Potential for female kin associations in wild western gorillas despite female dispersal. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 274: 2179-2185.
  42. Boesch C, Head J, Tagg N, Arandjelovic M, Vigilant L, Robbins M (2007) Fatal chimpanzee attack in Loango National Park, Gabon: Observational and genetic evidence. International Journal of Primatology 28: 1025-1034.
  43. Langergraber KE, Siedel H, Mitani JC, Wrangham RW, Reynolds V, Hunt KD and Vigilant L (2007) The genetic signature of sex-biased migration in patrilocal chimpanzees and humans. PLoS One 10: e973.
  44. Muniz L, Vigilant L (2008) Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in the white-faced capuchin monkey (Cebus capucinus) and cross-species amplification in other New World monkeys. Molecular Ecology Resources 8: 402-405.
  45. Nsubuga AM, Robbins MM, Vigilant L (2008) Patterns of paternity and group fission in wild multimale mountain gorilla groups. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135: 263-274.
  46. Perry S, Manson JH, Muniz L, Gros-Louis J, Vigilant L (2008) Kin-biased social behaviour in wild adult female white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) Animal Behaviour 76: 187-199.
  47. Bradley BJ, Doran-Sheehy DM, Vigilant L (2008) Genetic identification of elusive animals: Re-evaluating tracking and nesting data for wild western gorillas. Journal of Zoology 275:333-340.
  48. Bergl R, Bradley BJ, Nsubuga AM, Vigilant L (2008) Genetic effects of habitat fragmentation, population size and demographic history on primate populations: the Cross River gorilla in a comparative context. American Journal of Primatology 70: 848-859.
  49. Inoue E, Inoue-Murayama M, Vigilant L, Takenaka O, Nishida T (2008) Relatedness in wild chimpanzees: influence of paternity, male philopatry, and demographic factors. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 137: 256-262.
  50. Guschanski K, Caillaud D, Robbins MM, Vigilant L (2008) Females shape the genetic structure of a gorilla population. Current Biology 18: 1809-1814.
  51. Vigilant L (2009) Elucidating population histories using genomic DNA sequences Current Anthropology 50: 201-212.
  52. Arandjelovic M, Guschanski K, Schubert G, Harris TR, Thalmann O, Siedel H, Vigilant L (2009) Two-step multiplex PCR improves the speed and accuracy of genotyping using DNA from noninvasive and museum samples. Molecular Ecology Resources 9: 28-36.
  53. Guschanski K, Vigilant L, McNeilage A, Grey M, Kagoda E, Robbins MM (2009) Counting elusive animals: comparison of a field and genetic census of the entire population of mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Biological Conservation 142: 290-300.
  54. Vigilant L, Guschanski K (2009) Using genetics to understand the dynamics of wild primate populations. Primates 50: 105-120.
  55. Harris TR, Caillaud D, Chapman CA, Vigilant L (2009) Neither genetic nor observational data alone are sufficient for understanding sex-biased dispersal in social-group-living species. Molecular Ecology 18: 1777-1790.
  56. Langergraber K, Mitani J, Vigilant L (2009) Kinship and social bonds in female chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). American Journal of Primatology 71: 1-12.
  57. Newton-Fisher NE, Emery Thompson M, Reynolds V, Boesch C, Vigilant L (2010) Paternity and social rank in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) from the Budongo Forest, Uganda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 142: 417-428.
  58. Smith TM, Smith BH, Reid DJ, Siedel H, Vigilant L, Hublin JJ, Boesch C (2010) Dental development of the Taï Forest chimpanzees revisited. Journal of Human Evolution 58: 363-373.
  59. Arandjelovic M, Head J, Kühl H, Boesch C. Robbins MM, Maisels F, Vigilant L (2010) Effective non-invasive genetic monitoring of multiple wild western gorilla groups. Biological Conservation 143: 1780-1791.

Book Chapters, reviews, other publications

Stoneking M, Sherry ST, Redd AJ, and Vigilant, L New approaches to dating suggest a recent age for the human mtDNA ancestor. In: The Origin of Modern Humans and the Impact of Chronometric Dating, edited by Aitken MJ, Stringer CB and Mellars PA, Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1993, pp. 84-103.

Vigilant L (1996). Evolution of human mitochondrial DNA. In: Encyclopedia of Molecular Biology and Molecular Medicine, Volume 4, R A Meyers (ed.), VCH, New York, pp.84-90.

Vigilant L and Pääbo S (1999) A chimpanzee millennium. (editorial) Biological Chemistry  380: 1353-1354.

Bradley BJ and Vigilant L (2002) The evolutionary genetics and molecular ecology of chimpanzees and bonobos. In: Behavioral Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos eds. Boesch C, Hohmann G, and Marchant L, Cambridge University Press.

Vigilant L (2002) Moving and mixing- Book review of Mapping Human History by Steve Olson. Science 297: 775

Vigilant L (2002) Technical challenges in the microsatellite genotyping of a wild chimpanzee population using feces. Evolutionary Anthropology S1: 162-165

Hofreiter M and Vigilant L (2003) Ancient human DNA: phylogenetic applications. Encyclopedia of the Human Genome, Nature publishing group.

Vigilant L (2003) Genetic perspectives on Pan troglodytes verus. In: The West African Chimpanzee: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan, eds. Kormos R, Boesch C and Bakarr M. IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group.

Vigilant L (2004) Quick Guide: Chimpanzees. Current Biology 14: R369-371.

Vigilant L and Bradley BJ (2004) Quick Guide: Gorillas. Current Biology 14: R826-827.

Boesch C, Boesch H, Vigilant L (2006) Cooperative hunting in chimpanzees: kinship or mutualism? In: Cooperation in Primates and Humans, eds. Kappeler PM, van Schaik C. Springer-Verlag Berlin. pp. 139-150.

Vigilant L (2007) Quick Guide: Bonobos. Current Biology 17: R74-75.

Knapp M, Hofreiter M, Vigilant L (2008) Ancient DNA: phylogenetic applications. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences, Wiley publishing group.