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Imanishi, Kinji

Japanese ecologist and zoologist at Kyoto University. Known as the founder of Japanese primatology, Imanishi and his colleagues provided detailed naturalistic studies of free-ranging Japanese macaques from the late 1940s through the 1960s. Imanishi was also a pioneer evolutionary theorist in his country. He founded the journal Primates in 1957, and was instrumental in establishing the Primate Research Group (1952), the Japanese Monkey Centre (1956), and the Kyoto University Africa Primatology Expedition (1958). Author of numerous scholarly publications and coeditor (with S. Altmann) of Japanese Monkeys (1965).

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