Primates is the oldest English-language Primatology journal, published by the Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) through Springer in collaboration with Primate Society Japan. The object of this journal is to facilitate the research on the entire aspect of nonhuman primates in connection with man. Museum section of JMC is taking on the role of delegating editorial board members/advisory board members/editor-in-chief, hosting editorial board meeting, and editorial operation of the journal PRIMATES.
Takeshita RSC, Bercovitch FB, Kinoshita K, Hufman MA (2018)
Beneficial effect of hot spring bathing on stress levels in Japanese macaques.
Hot Springs Lower Stress in Japan's Popular Bathing Monkeys
Gao J, Su Y, Tomonaga M, Matsuzawa T
Learning the rules of the rock-paper-scissors game: chimpanzees versus children. Primates doi: 10.1007/s10329-017-0620-0.
Chimpanzees learn rock-paper-scissors
Hirata S, Hirai H, Nogami E, Morimura N, Udono T (2017) Chimpanzee Down syndrome: a case study of trisomy 22 in a captive chimpanzee. Primates
Researchers document second case of “Down syndrome” in chimps
Kawakami F, Tomonaga M, Suzuki J (2016) The first smile: spontaneous smiles in newborn Japanese macaques (Macaca fuscata) Primates
Smiling baby monkeys and the roots of laughter
Sakuraba Y, Tomonaga M, Hayashi M (2016) A new method of walking rehabilitation using cognitive tasks in an adult chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) with a disability: a case study. Primates Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 403-412.
The story of how a touch screen helped a paralyzed chimp walk again.
Euthanasia does not have to be only option for injured animals
Wild chimpanzee mother cares for disabled child.
Over 23 months in the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania, a research team from Kyoto University observed how a female chimpanzee cared for her disabled infant. This was the first time that such an infant was observed in the wild, and also the first report of a disabled infant surviving for nearly two years.
Van Hooff, J.A.R.A.M. & Lukkenaar, B. (2015). Captive chimpanzee takes down a drone: tool use toward a flying object, Primates Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 289-292. doi: 10.1007/s10329-015-0482-2.
Chimp vs. Drone
Not on my watch: Chimp swats film crew’s drone
Incident shows that chimps are able to plan ahead and use tools as weapons
Currently, there is no journal specializing in primatology; I declare that this is the very first primatology journal. Isn't this exciting? First of all, primatology department is non-existent in any university of the world, and therefore there is nothing such as an academic society for primatology. The modification in the operation of academic authority is evidenced by the fact that the Japan Monkey Centre (JMC) introduced the publication of this specialized journal, skipping the normal course of development, which is to begin by establishing a department at a university, followed by organizing an academic society, and then publishing a journal. The term "primatology" can be translated as "reichourui-gaku" in Japanese. But, we do not prefer such a difficult, orotund name. The primatology that we envision is a new scholarly endeavor to comprehensively investigate, so to speak, the genealogical history of humankind, by comparatively studying primates situated in various phylogenetic statuses, from various academic fields from the perspectives of not only morphology and development, but also physiology, psychology, ecology, sociology, and so forth.
It is from this standpoint that we conceived, an idea of gathering various primate species from around the world in a zoo that is expected to be built under the supervision of the JMC; we do not recklessly expand our research focus to include animals that do not share recent common genealogy with humankind. In this first volume, only articles that are based on naturalistic observations of Japanese monkeys could be included,
but this journal seeks to gradually fulfill all the aforementioned ambitions. On the other hand, I request contributions from outside the country and promotion of the journal, until it achieves global recognition. I might have made too many irresponsible remarks, but I just want things to proceed in a lively manner, anticipating a bright future for us. Therefore, I sincerely ask your support and cooperation.