Conoce a un primatólogo: Agustín Fuentes

An interview with Agustin Fuentes…

Máster en Primatología

Por Laura Martí, alumna del Máster en Primatología UdG-Fundació Mona, convocatoria 2015-17

Licenciado en zoología y antropología, el Dr. Fuentes es profesor de antropología en la Universidad de Nôtre Dame (EUA). Lo podréis encontrar persiguiendo monos por la selva y las ciudades de Asia, o  explorando las vidas de nuestros ancestros. Sus intereses se centran en las grandes preguntas y los pequeños detalles que nos hacen pensar en qué nos hace humanos y cómo es nuestra relación con los otros primates.

 

¿Qué es lo que le motivó a dedicarse a la antropología?

Al entrar a la universidad asistí a unas clases que impartía la profesora Phyllis Dolhinow. Ella hablaba de los seres humanos, los monos, la evolución, las culturas… y me fascinó. La antropología se centra en los seres humanos y nuestras relaciones, y yo siempre estuve interesado en por qué somos como somos. Además, en este campo se…

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Centro de Rescate Las Pumas

An important rescue centre for the rehabilitation of many animals, whether orphaned or dispossessed through loss of habitat from building or deforestation, can be found along the inter-American highway near the city of Canas, Costa Rica.   Spider monkeys and white-faced capuchins are among the primates rescued by Centro de Rescate Las Pumas, as well as birds, baby anteaters, jaguars and other mammals.  After rehabilitation, if possible, these animals are returned to the wild.  The centre welcomes visitors and volunteers.  For more information please see the centre website.

Brazilian Capuchin Stone Tool Use

Primatology.net

Researchers from Oxford University, working in Brazil, found new archaeological evidence suggests that Brazilian capuchins have been using stone tools to crack open cashew nuts for at least 700 years. Researchers say, to date, they have found the earliest archaeological examples of monkey tool use outside of Africa. In their paper, published in Current Biology, they suggest it raises questions about the origins and spread of tool use in New World monkeys and, controversially perhaps, prompts us to look at whether early human behaviour was influenced by their observations of monkeys using stones as tools. The research was led by Dr Michael Haslam of the University of Oxford, who in previous papers presents archaeological evidence showing that wild macaques in coastal Thailand used stone tools for decades at least to open shellfish and nuts.

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Unlocking the Cage

Unlocking the Cage traces animal rights lawyer Steven Wise’s fight to gain limited legal personhood status for four captive chimpanzees in New York, based on writs of habeas corpus.  This documentary is now available on BBC iPlayer (Storyville) and screenings are being held in various places around the world.  Wise’s dedication and conviction shine through, as do the tragic lives of the chimps – a compelling and touching film that needs to be seen widely.