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Title: Orangutan Culture
Contributor(s): Kaplan, Gisela (author)
Publication Date: 2004
DOI: 10.1336/0313327459
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Abstract: The orangutan, together with all the great apes, is one of our closest relatives. Although this relationship is not a simple linear ancestry, Homo Sapiens and the orangutan had a common ancestor living about 10-12 million years ago. The ancestral orangutans were larger than extant ones, and they are thought to have lived a less arboreal existence, but over many generations evolutionary pressures, such as predation, might have forced them back into the trees. Their ground predators include the clouded leopard and the Sumatran tiger but, in general, orangutans have had relatively few predators, apart from humans.
Publication Type: Entry In Reference Work
Source of Publication: Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior, v.1, p. 457-466
Publisher: Greenwood Press
Place of Publication: Westport, United States
ISBN: 0313327467
Field of Research (FOR): 060801 Animal Behaviour
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