Possible Fruit Protein Effects on Primate Communities in Madagascar and the Neotropics

  title={Possible Fruit Protein Effects on Primate Communities in Madagascar and the Neotropics},
  author={J{\"o}rg Ulrich Ganzhorn and Summer J. Arrigo-Nelson and Sue Boinski and An Bollen and Valentina Carrai and Abigail M Derby and Giuseppe Donati and Andreas Koenig and Mart{\'i}n Miguel Kowalewski and Petra Lahann and Ivan Norscia and Sandra Y. Polowinsky and Christoph Schwitzer and Pablo R. Stevenson and Mauricio Talebi and Chia L. Tan and Erin R Vogel and Patricia C Wright},
  booktitle={PloS one},
BACKGROUND The ecological factors contributing to the evolution of tropical vertebrate communities are still poorly understood. Primate communities of the tropical Americas have fewer folivorous but more frugivorous genera than tropical regions of the Old World and especially many more frugivorous genera than Madagascar. Reasons for this phenomenon are largely unexplored. We developed the hypothesis that Neotropical fruits have higher protein concentrations than fruits from Madagascar and that… CONTINUE READING
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