Monday, 22 April 2024

What have we learnt from the monkeys around us? A journey of a half-century in the Indian jungles

Prof. Mewa Singh, Distinguished Professor, University of Mysore, gave a special lecture on July 1, 2022. The title of the presentation was "What have we learnt from the monkeys around us? A journey of a half-century in the Indian jungles" This lecture was part of series of events being organized at the Centre for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences (CeNS) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India's Independence – Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahotsava. Prof. B L V Prasad gave a brief introduction to the speaker. Prof. Mewa Singh contributed in understanding the ecology, behaviour, and conservation models for a typically forest-dwelling, the lion-tailed macaque of the Western Ghats, and a typically commensal, the bonnet macaque of south India, primate species. Their group have also conducted different field studies and innovative field experiments  on bonnet and long-tailed macaques, living in urban landscapes and found to have novel behavior and skills related to food extraction and food processing which are not observed in monkeys in forest and rural regions.