Evolutionary Anthropology Graduate Students Database
Evolutionary Anthropology
Arts & Sciences
Duke University

 HOME > Arts & Sciences > BAA > Graduate Students    Search Help Login pdf version printable version 

Evolutionary Anthropology Grads: Publications since January 2020

List all publications in the database.    :chronological  alphabetical  combined listing:
%% Ferrans, Morgan   
   Author = {Hare, B and Ferrans, M},
   Title = {Is cognition the secret to working dog success?},
   Journal = {Animal Cognition},
   Volume = {24},
   Number = {2},
   Pages = {231-237},
   Year = {2021},
   Month = {March},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10071-021-01491-7},
   Abstract = {Dogs' special relationship with humans not only makes them
             ubiquitous in our lives, but working dogs specifically
             perform essential functions for us such as sniffing out
             bombs and pulling wheelchairs for the disabled. To enhance
             the performance of working dogs, it is essential to
             understand the cognitive skills that underlie and lead to
             their success. This review details recent work in the field
             of canine cognition, including how dogs have evolved
             socio-cognitive skills that mimic or, in some cases, rival
             even our closest primate relatives. We review how these
             findings have laid the foundation for new studies that hope
             to help enhance working dog programs. This includes work
             that has begun to reveal the development and stability of
             the most important traits for service work. Discoveries like
             these suggest the possibility of translating what we have
             learned to improve breeding, selection, and training for
             these jobs. The latest research we review here shows promise
             in contributing to the production of better dogs and,
             consequently, more help for people.},
   Doi = {10.1007/s10071-021-01491-7},
   Key = {fds355448}

%% Fogel, Arielle   
   Author = {Fogel, AS and McLean, EM and Gordon, JB and Archie, EA and Tung, J and Alberts, SC},
   Title = {Genetic ancestry predicts male–female affiliation in a
             natural baboon hybrid zone},
   Journal = {Animal Behaviour},
   Volume = {180},
   Pages = {249-268},
   Year = {2021},
   Month = {October},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.07.009},
   Abstract = {Opposite-sex social relationships are important predictors
             of fitness in many animals, including several group-living
             mammals. Consequently, understanding sources of variance in
             the tendency to form opposite-sex relationships is important
             for understanding social evolution. Genetic contributions
             are of particular interest due to their importance in
             long-term evolutionary change, but little is known about
             genetic effects on male–female relationships in social
             mammals, especially outside of the mating context. Here, we
             investigate the effects of genetic ancestry on male–female
             affiliative behaviour in a hybrid zone between the yellow
             baboon, Papio cynocephalus, and the anubis baboon, Papio
             anubis, in a population in which male–female social bonds
             are known predictors of life span. We place our analysis
             within the context of other social and demographic
             predictors of affiliative behaviour in baboons. Genetic
             ancestry was the most consistent predictor of opposite-sex
             affiliative behaviour we observed, with the exception of
             strong effects of dominance rank. Our results show that
             increased anubis genetic ancestry is associated with a
             subtle, but significantly higher, probability of
             opposite-sex affiliative behaviour, in both males and
             females. Additionally, pairs of anubis-like males and
             anubis-like females were the most likely to socially
             affiliate, resulting in moderate assortativity in grooming
             and proximity behaviour as a function of genetic ancestry.
             Our findings indicate that opposite-sex affiliative
             behaviour partially diverged during baboon evolution to
             differentiate yellow and anubis baboons, despite overall
             similarities in their social structures and mating systems.
             Furthermore, they suggest that affiliative behaviour may
             simultaneously promote and constrain baboon admixture,
             through additive and assortative effects of ancestry,
   Doi = {10.1016/j.anbehav.2021.07.009},
   Key = {fds358979}

   Author = {Levy, EJ and Zipple, MN and McLean, E and Campos, FA and Dasari, M and Fogel, AS and Franz, M and Gesquiere, LR and Gordon, JB and Grieneisen,
             L and Habig, B and Jansen, DJ and Learn, NH and Weibel, CJ and Altmann, J and Alberts, SC and Archie, EA},
   Title = {A comparison of dominance rank metrics reveals multiple
             competitive landscapes in an animal society.},
   Journal = {Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological
   Volume = {287},
   Number = {1934},
   Pages = {20201013},
   Year = {2020},
   Month = {September},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2020.1013},
   Abstract = {Across group-living animals, linear dominance hierarchies
             lead to disparities in access to resources, health outcomes
             and reproductive performance. Studies of how dominance rank
             predicts these traits typically employ one of several
             dominance rank metrics without examining the assumptions
             each metric makes about its underlying competitive
             processes. Here, we compare the ability of two dominance
             rank metrics-simple ordinal rank and proportional or
             'standardized' rank-to predict 20 traits in a wild baboon
             population in Amboseli, Kenya. We propose that simple
             ordinal rank best predicts traits when competition is
             density-dependent, whereas proportional rank best predicts
             traits when competition is density-independent. We found
             that for 75% of traits (15/20), one rank metric performed
             better than the other. Strikingly, all male traits were best
             predicted by simple ordinal rank, whereas female traits were
             evenly split between proportional and simple ordinal rank.
             Hence, male and female traits are shaped by different
             competitive processes: males are largely driven by
             density-dependent resource access (e.g. access to oestrous
             females), whereas females are shaped by both
             density-independent (e.g. distributed food resources) and
             density-dependent resource access. This method of comparing
             how different rank metrics predict traits can be used to
             distinguish between different competitive processes
             operating in animal societies.},
   Doi = {10.1098/rspb.2020.1013},
   Key = {fds358980}

%% Sadhir, Srishti   
   Author = {Sadhir, S and al-Nahar, M and Olszewski, DI and Petrillo, A and Munro,
   Title = {Human hunting adaptations at Wadi Madamagh, Jordan at the
             peak of the Last Glacial Maximum},
   Journal = {Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports},
   Volume = {34},
   Pages = {102661-102661},
   Publisher = {Elsevier BV},
   Year = {2020},
   Month = {December},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102661},
   Doi = {10.1016/j.jasrep.2020.102661},
   Key = {fds359213}

%% Salomons, Hannah   
   Author = {Salomons, H and Smith, KCM and Callahan-Beckel, M and Callahan, M and Levy, K and Kennedy, BS and Bray, EE and Gnanadesikan, GE and Horschler,
             DJ and Gruen, M and Tan, J and White, P and vonHoldt, BM and MacLean, EL and Hare, B},
   Title = {Cooperative Communication with Humans Evolved to Emerge
             Early in Domestic Dogs.},
   Journal = {Current Biology : Cb},
   Volume = {31},
   Number = {14},
   Pages = {3137-3144.e11},
   Year = {2021},
   Month = {July},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.051},
   Abstract = {Although we know that dogs evolved from wolves, it remains
             unclear how domestication affected dog cognition. One
             hypothesis suggests dog domestication altered social
             maturation by a process of selecting for an attraction to
             humans.<sup>1-3</sup> Under this account, dogs became more
             flexible in using inherited skills to cooperatively
             communicate with a new social partner that was previously
             feared and expressed these unusual social skills early in
             development.<sup>4-6</sup> Here, we comparedog (n = 44) and
             wolf (n = 37) puppies, 5-18 weeks old, on a battery of
             temperament and cognition tasks. We find that dog puppies
             are more attracted to humans, read human gestures more
             skillfully, and make more eye contact with humans than wolf
             puppies. The two species are similarly attracted to familiar
             objects and perform similarly on non-social measures of
             memory and inhibitory control. These results are consistent
             with the idea that domestication enhanced the
             cooperative-communicative abilities of dogs as selection for
             attraction to humans altered social maturation.},
   Doi = {10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.051},
   Key = {fds357908}

%% Yapuncich, Gabriel   
   Author = {Yapuncich, GS and Granatosky, MC},
   Title = {Footloose: Articular surface morphology and joint movement
             potential in the ankles of lorisids and cheirogaleids.},
   Journal = {American Journal of Physical Anthropology},
   Volume = {175},
   Number = {4},
   Pages = {876-894},
   Year = {2021},
   Month = {August},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24298},
   Abstract = {OBJECTIVES: The competing functional demands of diarthrodial
             joints, permitting mobility while retaining enough stability
             to transmit forces across the joint, have been linked with
             the shape and size of the joint's articular surfaces. A
             clear understanding of the relationship between joint
             morphology and joint movement potential is important for
             reconstructing locomotor behaviors in fossil taxa. METHODS:
             In a sample of matched tali and calcanei of lorisids
             (n = 28) and cheirogaleids (n = 38), we quantify the
             surface areas of the talar and calcaneal ectal (=posterior
             talocalcaneal) articular surfaces and model the principal
             curvatures of these surfaces with quadric formulas. These
             two taxonomic groups have similar body masses, but differ
             substantially in positional behavior, so that differences in
             joint surface morphology should reflect adaptive demands of
             their locomotor behavior. RESULTS: Compared with
             cheirogaleids, lorisids exhibit: (a) a significantly greater
             area difference between their paired joint surfaces; and (b)
             a more pronounced saddle shape for the talar ectal facet.
             CONCLUSION: The increased subtalar joint mobility observed
             in lorisids may be achieved by increasing the amount of
             sliding and rolling that can occur at the subtalar joint.
             The subtalar joint morphology observed in two fossil
             euarchontans, the plesiadapiforms Purgatorius sp. and
             Plesiadapis cookei, compares favorably with the morphology
             observed among lorisids, potentially suggesting
             antipronograde postures within these extinct
   Doi = {10.1002/ajpa.24298},
   Key = {fds356172}

   Author = {Yapuncich, GS and Bowie, A and Belais, R and Churchill, SE and Walker,
   Title = {Predicting body mass of bonobos (Pan paniscus) with
             human-based morphometric equations.},
   Journal = {American Journal of Primatology},
   Volume = {82},
   Number = {2},
   Pages = {e23088},
   Year = {2020},
   Month = {February},
   url = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajp.23088},
   Abstract = {A primate's body mass covaries with numerous ecological,
             physiological, and behavioral characteristics. This
             versatility and potential to provide insight into an
             animal's life has made body mass prediction a frequent and
             important objective in paleoanthropology. In hominin
             paleontology, the most commonly employed body mass
             prediction equations (BMPEs) are "mechanical" and
             "morphometric": uni- or multivariate linear regressions
             incorporating dimensions of load-bearing skeletal elements
             and stature and living bi-iliac breadth as predictor
             variables, respectively. The precision and accuracy of BMPEs
             are contingent on multiple factors, however, one of the most
             notable and pervasive potential sources of error is
             extrapolation beyond the limits of the reference sample. In
             this study, we use a test sample requiring extrapolation-56
             bonobos (Pan paniscus) from the Lola ya Bonobo sanctuary in
             Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo-to evaluate the
             predictive accuracy of human-based morphometric BMPEs. We
             first assess systemic differences in stature and bi-iliac
             breadth between humans and bonobos. Due to significant
             differences in the scaling relationships of body mass and
             stature between bonobos and humans, we use panel regression
             to generate a novel BMPE based on living bi-iliac breadth.
             We then compare the predictive accuracy of two previously
             published morphometric equations with the novel equation and
             find that the novel equation predicts bonobo body mass most
             accurately overall (41 of 56 bonobos predicted within 20% of
             their observed body mass). The novel BMPE is particularly
             accurate between 25 and 45 kg. Given differences in limb
             proportions, pelvic morphology, and body tissue composition
             between the human reference and bonobo test samples, we find
             these results promising and evaluate the novel BMPE's
             potential application to fossil hominins.},
   Doi = {10.1002/ajp.23088},
   Key = {fds348378}

Duke University * Arts & Sciences * BAA * Faculty All * Postdoc Staff * Non-PHD Staff * Staff * Grads * Reload * Login