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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

Roman Wittig

Senior Scientist (W2) - Research Group Leaderphoto of Roman Wittig

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

phone: +49 341 3550 204
fax: +49 341 3550 299
e-mail: wittig@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


Director, Taï Chimpanzee Project, Côte d'Ivoire

Member of the Scientific Council (Human Science Section) of the Max Planck Society

Research Interest

  • Costs and benefits of group living in primates
  • Evolutionary significance of social bonds
  • Evolution of social intelligence
  • Hormonal underpinnings of social interactions
  • Inter-group relationships
  • Life history strategies in primates

Methods used for investigation:

  • Behavioural observations combined with multivariate analysis methods
  • Field experiments (playback experiments, object presentation experiments)
  • Hormonal analysis from non-invasive sampling methods (faeces, urine, saliva)
  • Genetic analysis from non-invasive sampling methods (faeces)
  • Comparison between ape study sites (4 chimpanzee subspecies and bonobos)
  • Comparison between humans, apes, monkeys and non-primate animals

    Innovative approaches

    • Field experiments

      • Establishing play-back experiments with chimpanzees in the wild
      • Using several speakers to simulate social environment
      • Combining two experimental techniques (snake presentation with play-back stimuli)

    • Non-invasive hormone collection methods

      • Establishing non-invasive oxytocin measures for wild populations
      • Establishing event based urine collection (oxytocin and glucocorticoide)

    latest update

    June 2016