Chimpanzee predation and the ecology of microbial exchange

R. Wrangham, M. Wilson, B. Hare, N. D. Wolfe

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Hunting provides one mechanism for the transmission of microbes across host species boundaries. It has generally been assumed that this mechanism leads to unidirectional transmission to humans. We report that wild chimpanzees occasionally prey on human children. This result and other evidence of chimpanzee hunting show the need for consideration of more complex predation-mediated host networks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)186-188
Number of pages3
JournalMicrobial Ecology in Health and Disease
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000


  • Cross-species transmission
  • Ebola
  • Ecology
  • HIV
  • Hunting
  • Monkeypox
  • Pan troglodytes
  • Pathogen exchange
  • Predation


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