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Infectious Diseases in Primates: Behavior, Ecology and Evolution

Charles Nunn and Sonia Altizer


Recent progress in the field of wildlife disease ecology demonstrates that infectious disease plays a crucial role in the lives of wild animals. Parasites and pathogens should be especially important for social animals in which high contact among individuals increases the potential for disease spread. As one of the best studied mammalian groups, primates offer a unique opportunity to examine how complex behaviours (including social organization) influence the risk of acquiring infectious diseases, and the defences used by animals to avoid infection. This book explores the correlates of disease ... More

Keywords: disease ecology, infectious disease, parasites, pathogens, primates, mammals, habitat, phylogeny, behavioural ecology, parasite biology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780198565857
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198565857.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charles Nunn, author
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany and Department of Integrative Biology at University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Sonia Altizer, author
Institute of Ecology, Universtiy of Georgia, Athens, USA