Exploring the contribution and significance of animal protein in the diet of bonobos by stable isotope ratio analysis of hair.

@article{Oelze2011ExploringTC,
  title={Exploring the contribution and significance of animal protein in the diet of bonobos by stable isotope ratio analysis of hair.},
  author={Vicky M. Oelze and Benjamin T Fuller and Michael P Richards and Barbara Fruth and Martin Surbeck and Jean-Jacques Hublin and Gottfried Hohmann},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2011},
  volume={108 24},
  pages={9792-7}
}
In primates, age, sex, and social status can strongly influence access to food resources. In Pan, these criteria are assumed to influence access to vertebrate meat. However, the significance of meat in terms of its role in the nutrition of Pan is still debated. Here we present a study using stable carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios in hair samples from habituated, wild bonobos (Pan paniscus) to explore these issues. Over a period of 5 mo hair samples were collected from fresh bonobo nests at… CONTINUE READING

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