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Tetsuro Matsuzawa, William C. McGrew

Kinji Imanishi and 60 years of Japanese Primatology.

Current Biology, 18(14), R587–R591


On December 3rd, 1948, only three years after the Second World War, Kinji Imanishi (1902-1992) went to Koshima island to study the wild Japanese monkeys. Imanishi was flanked by two young students, Jun'ichiro Itani (1926-2002) and Shunzo Kawamura (1924-2003). This year, 2008, is thus the 60th anniversary of the founding of primatology in Japan. Why did they start a new discipline? What should we learn from them? The article tries to understand Japanese primatology in the historical context.



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