Department of Primatology
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
phone: +49 (0)341 3550 - 200
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 - 299
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) 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.