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Research overview



The focus of the Macaca Nigra Project currently lies on research. We have initiated studies on male and female sexual signals, which involve several Indonesian and international students and scientists. Using an integrative approach, we currently investigate the adaptive significance of the signals, their physiological correlates and their effect on male reproductive success. The research will contribute significantly to our understanding of the function of sexual signals in primates and thus to the growing field of research in primate sexual selection.

In addition, we started basic studies on the ecology and reproductive biology of wild Sulawesi crested black macaques, focussing on two groups living in mixed habitat. The generated knowledge will be important for the management of this species.

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