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Vol. 57, No. 3, 1991
Issue release date: 1991
Section title: Reviewed Article
Folia Primatol 1991;57:121–131
(DOI:10.1159/000156574)

Functional Significance of Social Grooming in Primates

Dunbar R.I.M.
Department of Anthropology, University College, London, UK

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Abstract of Reviewed Article

Received: 2/13/1989
Accepted: 5/24/1991
Published online: 9/12/2008

Number of Print Pages: 11
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

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Abstract

Frequencies of social grooming recorded from 44 species of free-living primates correlate with group size but not body size. This is interpreted as evidence for the social function of grooming and against the purely hygienic function. However, there is some evidence to suggest that body size is a more important determinant of grooming time among platyrrhine primates. This might imply that there has been a shift in the functional system governing grooming during primate evolution.


  

Author Contacts

R.I.M. Dunbar, University College, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (UK)

  

Article Information

Received: February 13, 1989
Accepted: May 24, 1991
Published online: September 12, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 11

  

Publication Details

Folia Primatologica (International Journal of PrimatologyInternationale Zeitschrift für PrimatologieJournal international de Primatologie)

Vol. 57, No. 3, Year 1991 (Cover Date: 1991)

Journal Editor: Crompton R.H. (Liverpool)
ISSN: 0015–5713 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Reviewed Article

Received: 2/13/1989
Accepted: 5/24/1991
Published online: 9/12/2008

Number of Print Pages: 11
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0015-5713 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9980 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPR


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