Interdisciplinary views about the evolution of humans and primates

The 6th Iberian Primatological Conference of both the Asociación Primatológica Española (APE) and the Associação Portuguesa de Primatologia (APP) will be held in Burgos (Spain) from October 4-7, 2017 organized by the APP in collaboration with the Laboratorio de Evolución Humana (LEH) from the Universidad de Burgos.

The aim of the conference is to encourage the exchange of experience among the different branches of Primatology, facilitate communication between participants and act as a forum to reflect on the communication between the disciplines of primatology and human evolution.

The plenary sessions will focus on the analysis and presentation of the latest trends, knowledge and experience in the field of cognition and neuroscience, primate archaeology, anthropology, as well as the interaction and feedback between studies. The conference is also open to all those persons working in others area of primatology, with primates in both in captivity and in the wild.

One of the main reasons for the conference will be to open up the forum to the largest number of communications, both those by senior researchers as well as by students or researchers in training, regardless of the theme or study species. On behalf of both the Organizing Committee and the Asociación Primatológica Española, we encourage you to participate and present the lastest results of your projects and research at this Congress.

We hope to welcome you soon to Burgos!

Dr. Miquel Llorente
President of the APE

Our speakers


Prof. Michel Brunet
Collège de France

«Origin and evolution of the human family. We are all Africans… and all migrants out of Africa»

Dr. Elisabetta Palagi
Museo di Storia Naturale, Università di Pisa

«From me to you: emotional contagion in primates and other mammals»

Dr. Alicia P. Melis
University of Warwick

«The psychology of cooperation in chimpanzees»

Alejandra Pascual-Garrido
University of Oxford

«Plant technology of wild chimpanzees: Towards an archaeology of the perishable»


Emiliano Bruner
Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana, CENIEH

«The myth of the Ape-Man: from brute humans to wise chimps»

Ignacio Martínez
Universidad de Alcalá – Atapuerca Research Team

«Reconstruction of communicative capacities in fossil hominins»

Fernando Colmenares
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

«Are chimpanzees just scaled-down versions of humans? Anthropomorfism, anthropocentrism and the resurrection of evolutionary ladder and progress thinking»

Héctor M. Manrique
Universidad de Zaragoza

«How similar is great-ape cognition to human cognition?»

Zanna Clay
University of Durham

«The expression and development of empathy in bonobos»


Scientific programme

List of poster presentations CIP6

4th October, Wednesday

Time 4th October, Wednesday
8:00-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:30 Welcome and oppening session
Miquel Llorente – President APE
Susana Costa – President APP
Manuel Pérez – Rector Universidad Burgos
9:30-10:30 PLENARY SESSION Prof. Michel Brunet
Origin and Evolution of the Human Family. We are All Africans …. and All Migrants out of Africa Collège de France
10:30-11:15 Coffee break + Poster Session
11:15 Oral Presentations: Session 1 – Anatomy, morphology and evolution
11:15-11:35 Comparative study of the muscle skeleta anatomy of the femoro-pelvic region in the papio, human and great apes Blanca Gómez Trujillo, Ignacio de Gaspar Simon
11:35-11:55 Tooth loss and survival in hominins: social implications Marina Vegara-Riquelme, Laura Rodriguez, Javier Juste, Juan Luis Arsuaga
11:55-12:15 Arboreality and degenerative joint disease (DJD) in African monkeys Laura Baiges-Sotos, Pia Nystrom
12:15-12:35 What a face can tell: the relationship between facial morphology and dominance in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) Cinta D. Dauder, Alejandra Galiñanes-Plaza, Iria G. Quiroga, Maria Padrell, Miquel Llorente
12:35 Oral Presentations: Session 2 – Cognition, personality and laterality
12:35-12:55 Is morality an evolutionary byproduct? Phylogenetic, ontogenetic and neuroscientific perspective Andrés Richart
12:55-13:15 Is weight perception embodied? Size discrimination in vertical space in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) Natàlia Barbarroja , Stefanie Keupp, Sascha Topolinski, Julia Fischer
13:15-13:35 Do chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) preferentially associate based on hand preference? Sergio Díaz, Lindsay Murray, Samuel Roberts
13:35-15:00 Lunch
15:00-15:30 INVITED PRESENTATION                                                                                                       Dr. Emiliano Bruner
The myth of the Ape-Man: from brute humans to wise chimps CENIEH
15:30 Oral Presentations: Session 3 – Cognition, personality and laterality
15:30-15:50 Personality in lemurs: A comparative study of ring-tail lemurs (Lemur catta) and red-ruffed lemurs (Varecia rubra) Angela Brandão, Raquel Costa, Evelina Rodrigues, Luís Peixoto, Luís Vicente
15:50-16:10 Personality assessment and hand preference in a colony of primates: could be established a link? Gloria Fernández Lázaro, Enrique Alonso García, Isabel Barja Núñez
16:10-16:30 Can Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) Faces Determine Their Personality? Susana R. Fariña, Cecilia Coro, Rut G. Doria, Natàlia Barbarroja, Miquel Llorente, Ana Morcillo
16:30-17:15 Coffee break + Poster Session
17:15 Oral Presentations: Session 4 – Communication, development and sexuality
17:15-17:35 Semiosis in primates and human evolution Agustín Fuentes
17:35-17:55 Vocal communication in yellow-tailed woolly monkeys (Lagothrix flavicauda) at La Esperanza, north-eastern Peru Laura Martí-Vázquez, Miquel Llorente, Sam Shanee
17:55-18:15 Parental styles and their influence on offspring dependence in the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) Belén Alonso Estanillo, Ana Mª Fidalgo de las Heras, Susana Mª Sanchez Rodríguez
18:15-18:45 INVITED PRESENTATION Dr. Ignacio Martínez
Reconstruction of communicative capacities in fossil hominins Universidad de Alcalá
20:00 Welcome cocktail

5th October, Thursday

Time 5th October, Thursday
9:00-10:00 PLENARY SESSION Prof. Elisabetta Palagi
From me to you: emotional contagion in primates and other mammals Università de Pisa
10:00 Oral Presentations: Session 5 – Conservation
10:00-10:20 Conservation and the importance of working with local communities: the case of the Miss Waldron red colobous (Piliocolobus waldronae) Mercedes Mayo-Alesón, María Teresa Abelló, Montserrat Colell
10:20-10:40 Local Perceptions Towards Wild Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in Réserve Naturelle Communautaire de Dindéfélo, Southeast of Senegal Mónica Arias, Liliana Pacheco, Déborah Temple, Virginie Lippens, Manel Lopez-Bejar, Xavier Manteca
10:40-11:00 Conserving the Yellow Tailed Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix flavicauda): Educative project inYambrasbamba, Perú Núria Freixes Sans, Yeissy Sarmiento, Miquel Llorente, David Riba
11:00-11:20 Wild chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus) attacks on children in Guinea-Bissau Catarina Casanova, Rui Sá, J. Sousa
11:20-12:20 Coffee break
12:20-12:40 Human development and primates conservation: a comparison between the Guinean-Bissau and the Brazilian cases Susana Costa, Carla Castro, Catarina Casanova, Phyllis Lee
12:40-13:00 How the demographic history assists the conservation of two arboreal primates Tania Minhós, Tiago Maie , Lounès Chikhi, Maria Frereira da Silva
13:00-13:20 Gastrointestinal parasitism in five primates living in sympatry of Cantanhez National Park, Guinea-Bissau Rui M. Sá
13:20-14:40 Lunch
14:40-15:40 PLENARY SESSION 3 Prof. Alicia P. Melis
The psychology of cooperation in chimpanzees University of Warwick
15:40 Oral Presentations: Session 6 – Welfare and enrichment
15:40-16:00 Behavioural changes of a captive group of lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) through social play with a human being Alba Àvila, Manuel Velasco, David Leiva, Maria Teresa Abelló, Mercedes Mayo, Montserrat Colell
16:00-16:20 Effect of positive reinforcement training in the psycological well-being in a specimen of Cebus apella Elena Andrada, Tamara García-Cid, Ángela Loeches
16:20-16:40 Psychopathologies in pet and performing chimpanzees: Preliminary results in diagnosis Yulán Úbeda, Miquel Llorente
16:40-17:10 INVITED PRESENTATION 4: Dr. Héctor M. Manrique
How similar is great-ape cognition to human cognition? Universidad de Zaragoza
18:00-20:00 Visit Museo de la Evolución Humana / CENIEH

6th October, Friday

Time 6th October, Friday
9:00-10:00 PLENARY SESSION Dr. Alejandra Pascual-Garrido
Plant technology of wild chimpanzees:  Towards an archaeology of the perishable University of Oxford
10:00 Oral Presentations: Session 7 – Social Behaviour
10:00-10:20 How chimpanzees cooperate in the Prisoner Dilemma Carla Sebastián-Enesco, Rosemarie Nagel, Fernando Colmenares, Josep Call
10:20-10:40 Relations strategists: Social Networks Analysis of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) in West Africa Laura Franch, Miquel Llorente, Liliana Pacheco Ricote
10:40-12:00 Coffee break


12:00-12:30 INVITED PRESENTATION Prof. Fernando Colmenares
Are Chimpanzees Just Scaled-down Versions of Humans? Anthropomorphism, Anthropocentrism and the Resurrection of Evolutionary Ladder and Progress Thinking Universidad Complutense de Madrid
12:30 Oral Presentations: Session 8 – Social Behaviour
12:30-12:50 Coding and analyzing conflict management strategies in all-male chimpanzees and gorilla groups in captivity Nerea Amezcua-Valmala, Catarina Casanova & Fernando Colmenares
12:50-13:10 Using agent-based model to explore the effect of intensity of aggression in the emergence of dominance styles in macaque societies Ruth Dolado, Hélène Meunier, Elisabet Gimeno, Francesc S. Beltran
13:10 Oral Presentations: Session 9 – Ecology, biogeography and space use
13:10-13:30 GIS for management and welfare of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) at the Primate Rescue Centre, Fundació Mona Lidia Sánchez-Sánchez, Miquel Llorente
13:30-15:00 Lunch
15:00-15:30 INVITED PRESENTATION Dr. Zanna Clay
University of Birmingham
The expression and development of empathy in bonobos
15:30 Oral Presentations: Session 10 – Ecology, biogeography and space use
15:30-15:50 A gaps revision to the distribution of the Callitrichidae (Primates) in Ecuador Diego G. Tirira
15:50-16:10 Working together: results of the first primate survey in western Ecuador Laura Cervera, Stella de la Torre & Galo Zapata-Rios
16:10-16:30 Human-chimpanzee botanical resource co-use at the Dindefelo Community Nature Reserve (RNCD), Senegal Marina Ramon, Manuel Llana, Paula Álvarez, Amanda Barciela, Justinn Hamilton, Verónica Moreno, Kimberley Hockings, Catherine Hill, Liliana Pacheco
16:30-16:50 Primates of Colonso Chalupas Biological Reserve (Ecuador): a study of their taxonomy, distribution and their potential predators Sara Álvarez-Solas, Lucas Ramis, Maria Cristina Peñuela-Mora
17:00-17:20 Diet Selection by Capped Langur (Trachypithecus pileatus) in Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam, North-east India Uddipana Kalita, Ajith Kumar, Anindya Sinha
17:20 Oral Presentations: Session 11 – Human ethology and comparative psychology
17:20-17:40 Chimpanzees and children coordination in a Prisoner´s Dilemma Alejandro Sánchez-Amaro, Shona Duguid, Josep Call, Michael Tomasello
17:40-18:00 Corporal and facial cues of dominance and their relationship with sociosexual orientation in Chilean young men Pablo Polo, José Antonio Muñoz-Reyes
18:00-18:45 Proyección documental “Super Chango”. Conservación comunitaria  del mono araña en  La Chinantla, Oaxaca. Realizador: Paolo Marinelli.
Coordinadores científicos: Sònia Sánchez López y Arturo González Zamora.
18:45-19:15 Closing ceremony and student awards
19:15-20:00 APE and APP meetings
21:00 Farewell dinner

7th October, Saturday

10:00-14:00 VISIT



Miquel Llorente – Fundació Mona & IPRIM, Institut de Recerca i Estudis en Primatologia

José Miguel Carretero – Laboratorio de Evolución Humana, Universidad de Burgos

David Riba – Fundació Mona & Universitat de Vic


  • Teresa Sauquet – Fundació Mona
  • Yulán Úbeda – Universitat de Girona
  • Catarina Casanova – Associação Portuguesa de Primatologia
  • Yasmina Avià – Universidad de Burgos
  • María Consuelo Sáiz Manzanares – Universidad de Burgos
  • Ignacio de Gaspar Simón – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • Rebeca García González – Universidad de Burgos
  • Laura Rodríguez García – Universidad de Burgos
  • Ana Álvarez Fernández – Universidad de Burgos
  • Yuliet Quintino Arias – Universidad de Burgos
  • Emiliano Bruner – CENIEH
  • Suani Armisen – IPRIM
  • Elena Santos Ureta – Universidad de Burgos

Miquel Llorente – Fundació Mona & IPRIM – Institut de Recerca i Estudis en Primatologia
Susana Costa – Associação Portuguesa de Primatologia
Sònia Sánchez López – Universidad Veracruzana
Jordi Galbany – George Washington University
David Riba Cano – Universitat de Vic
Ana Morcillo – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Anna Albiach-Serrano – Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera
Catarina Casanova – Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
José Miguel Carretero – Laboratorio de Evolución Humana, Universidad de Burgos


Burgos, Spain

Salón de Actos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Comunicación

Paseo de Comendadores, s/n (Hospital Militar)
09001 Burgos (Burgos)


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