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Markets misinterpreted? A comment on Sanchez-Amaro and Amici (2015)

Kaburu, Stefano S.K., Newton-Fisher, Nicholas E. (2016) Markets misinterpreted? A comment on Sanchez-Amaro and Amici (2015). Animal Behaviour, 119 . e1-e5. ISSN 0003-3472. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:54440)

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In a recent essay, Sanchez-Amaro and Amici (2015) reviewed evidence in support of biological market theory (BMT) in primates. Since the pioneering work by Noe (1990, 1992; Noe, van Schaik, & van Hoof, 1991), and Barrett and colleagues (Barrett, Gaynor, & Henzi, 2002; Barrett, Henzi, Weingrill, Lycett, & Hill, 1999), several studies have looked for and found evidence of BMT in a variety of primate species, from lemurs (Norscia, Antonacci, & Palagi, 2009; Port, Clough, & Kappeler, 2009) to monkeys (Fruteau, Lemoine, Hellard, van Damme, & Noe, 2011; Gumert, 2007; Tiddi, Aureli, & Schino, 2012) and apes (Kaburu & NewtonFisher, 2015a, 2015b; Koyama, Caws, & Aureli, 2012; NewtonFisher & Lee, 2011). With an increasingly large number of studies, a review such as the one by Sanchez-Amaro and Amici (2015) would be warmly welcome as a timely summary of the evidence for BMT, and an indication of future directions. The authors identify four areas of interest and usefully highlight some potential issues with BMT, for example where free trading is compromised by extortion or the need for comparable methods across studies. However, while their aims may be laudable, we feel there are particular flaws in some of their arguments and some misrepresentation of cited literature that we would like to correct.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Biological Markets Theory, evolution of cooperation, primates, social grooming
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Nicholas Newton-Fisher
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2016 00:01 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 12:20 UTC
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