Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) are one of the most widely distributed non-human primate species found in South Africa. They occur across all the South African provinces, inhabiting a large variety of habitats. These habitats vary sufficiently that it...

["Anthropology","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Genetics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4953
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Background West African landscapes are largely characterised by complex agroforest mosaics. Although the West African forests are considered a nonhuman primate hotspot, knowledge on the distribution of many species is often lacking and out-of-date. Considering...

["Anthropology","Conservation Biology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4847
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Paleontological research increasingly uses high-resolution micro-computed tomography (μCT) to study the inner architecture of modern and fossil bone material to answer important questions regarding vertebrate evolution. This non-destructive method allows for the...

["Anthropology","Bioinformatics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4374
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1,236 views

Behavioural flexibility, the ability to alter behaviour in response to environmental feedback, and to relinquish previously successful solutions to problems, is a crucial ability in allowing organisms to adapt to novel environments and environmental change; it...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4366
244 downloads
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Postnatal depression (PND) is known to be associated with a range of detrimental child and adolescent outcomes, resulting from its disruptive impact on mother-child relationship quality. However, until now little has been known about the impact of PND on the longer-term...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Psychiatry and Psychology","Public Health","Women\u2019s Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4305
100 downloads
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Digital photographs taken under controlled conditions were used to examine the incidence of linear enamel hypoplasia defects (LEHs) in burials from the Buckeye Knoll archaeological site (41VT98 Victoria county, Texas), which spans the Early to Late Archaic Period...

["Anthropology","Dentistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4367
302 downloads
2,557 views

Background Regional diversity in the morphology of the H. erectus postcranium is not broadly documented, in part, because of the paucity of Asian sites preserving postcranial fossils. Yet, such an understanding of the initial hominin taxon to spread throughout...

["Anthropology","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4279
1 citation
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1,397 views

Vertebrate tracks are subject to a wide distribution of morphological types. A single trackmaker may be associated with a range of tracks reflecting individual pedal anatomy and behavioural kinematics mediated through substrate properties which may vary both in...

["Anthropology","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4247
1 citation
166 downloads
999 views

Social learning provides an effective route to gaining up-to-date information, particularly when information is costly to obtain asocially. Theoretical work predicts that the willingness to switch between using asocial and social sources of information will vary...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4190
181 downloads
1,224 views

Background Currently, there is limited knowledge about the genetics underlying pigmentary traits in East Asian populations. Here, we report the results of the first genome-wide association study of pigmentary traits (skin and iris color) in individuals of East...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3951
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1,115 views

Households are an important location for the transmission of communicable diseases. Social contact between household members is typically more frequent, of greater intensity, and is more likely to involve people of different age groups than contact occurring in...

["Anthropology","Epidemiology","Infectious Diseases","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3958
237 downloads
652 views

Long-term field studies are critical for our understanding of animal life history and the processes driving changes in demography. Here, we present long-term demographic data for the northernmost population of mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) residing...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3547
115 downloads
657 views

The physical environments of captive and wild animals frequently differ in substrate types and compliance. As a result, there is an assumption that differences in rearing environments between captive and wild individuals produce differences in skeletal morphology....

["Anthropology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3668
126 downloads
1,068 views

According to the logic of the Trivers–Willard hypothesis, in a human population, if socioeconomic status is transmitted across generations to some extent, and if sons of high-status parents tend to have higher reproductive success than daughters, while daughters...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3546
910 downloads
4,252 views

Background Facial expressions convey key cues of human emotions, and may also be important for interspecies interactions. The universality hypothesis suggests that six basic emotions (anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise) should be expressed by...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology","Zoology","Psychiatry and Psychology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3413

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