Taking a big bite: Working together to better understand the evolution of feeding in primates

Am J Primatol. 2019 May;81(5):e22981. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22981. Epub 2019 May 8.


The study of adaptation requires the integration of an array of different types of data. A single individual can find such integration daunting, if not impossible. In an effort to clarify the role of diet in the evolution of the primate craniofacial and dental apparatus, we assembled a team of researchers that have various types and degrees of expertise. This interaction has provided a range of insights for all contributors, and this has helped to refine questions, clarify the possibilities and limitations that laboratory and field settings offer, and further explore the ways in which laboratory and field data can be suitably integrated. A complete and accurate picture of dietary adaptation cannot be gained in isolation. Collaboration provides the bridge to a more holistic view of primate biology and evolution.

Keywords: adaptation; field; laboratory; method integration.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Biological
  • Animals
  • Dentition
  • Diet / veterinary
  • Feeding Behavior*
  • Primates / anatomy & histology*
  • Primates / physiology*
  • Skull / anatomy & histology