Domestication Phenotype Linked to Vocal Behavior in Marmoset Monkeys

Asif A. Ghazanfar, Lauren M. Kelly, Daniel Y. Takahashi, Sandra Winters, Rebecca Terrett, James P. Higham

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    Like humans and bonobos, marmoset monkeys share a suite of phenotypes associated with the domestication syndrome. Ghazanfar et al. show that the size of their white facial fur patch—a common domestication phenotype—is correlated with vocal behavior. They then reveal that the two traits are causally linked during development.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)5026-5032.e3
    JournalCurrent Biology
    Issue number24
    StatePublished - Dec 21 2020


    • Callithrix jacchus
    • facial coloration
    • neural crest cells
    • self-domestication
    • vocal turn-taking

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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