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Project (2015-ongoing) Social dynamics in golden snub-nosed monkeys

Golden snub-nosed monkeys in China form multilevel societies characterized by one-male units embedded within a larger bands.

The functional significance of band formation is not yet fully understood, but it could offer individuals better protection from takeover attempts by bachelor males through safety-in-numbers or collective defence.

The social dynamics of bachelor groups and reproductive groups are being explored in collaboration with researchers in China.


Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences


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