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Zoological Research
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
ISSN: 2095-8137
Vol. 39, No. 4, 2018, pp. 249-254
Bioline Code: zr18023
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Zoological Research, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2018, pp. 249-254

 en Extant primates and development of primatology in China: Publications, student training, and funding
Fan, Peng-Fei & Ma, Chi

Abstract

China supports the richest non-human primate diversity in the northern hemisphere, providing an excellent opportunity for Chinese primatologists to take a leading role in advancing the study of primatology. Primatology in China began to flourish after 1979. To date, Chinese primatologists have published more than 1000 papers in journals indexed by the Chinese Science Citation Database and the Web of Science Core Collection, and universities and academic institutions have trained 107 PhD students and 370 Masters students between 1984 and 2016. In total, the National Science Foundation of China has funded 129 primate projects (RMB 71.7 million) supporting 59 researchers from 28 organizations. However, previous research has also shown obvious species bias. Rhinopithecus roxellana check for this species in other resources , Rhinopithecus bieti check for this species in other resources , and Macaca mulatta check for this species in other resources have received much greater research attention than other species. Researchers have also tended to continue to study the same species (55.2%) they studied during their PhD training. To promote the development of primatology in China, we suggest (1) the need for a comprehensive primatology textbook written in Chinese, (2) continued training of more PhD students, and (3) encouragement to study less well-known primate species.

Keywords
Gibbon; Snub-nosed monkey; Leaf monkey; Macaque; Slow lories

 
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