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Kyoto University
Graduate School of Science
Job title
Associate Professor,Associate Professor
Doctor of Science(Kyoto University)

Research Interests


Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Research Fellow, Japan Monkey Centre
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
Associate Professor, Wildlife Research Center, Kyoto University
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University

Awards & Honors

Takashima Prize

Published Papers

Nakamura M, Hosaka K, Itoh N, Matsumoto T, Matsusaka T, Nakazawa N, Nishie H, Sakamaki T, Shimada M, Takahata Y, Yamagami M, Zamma K
Journal of human evolution   131 129-138   Jun 2019   [Refereed]
Nishie Hitonaru, Nakamura Michio
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY   165(1) 194-199   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
NAKAMURA Michio, NAKAZAWA Nobuko, NYUNDO Butati R., ITOH Noriko
African Study Monographs   38(4) 221-242   Dec 2017
Indigenous knowledge is nowadays considered essential in regard to understanding and conservation of wildlife, especially where biological diversity is high. The Mahale region in western Tanzania is included in one of the biodiversity hotspots and...
Nakamura M, Sakamaki T, Zamma K
Primates; journal of primatology   58(1) 13-17   Jan 2017   [Refereed]
Matsumoto Takuya, Itoh Noriko, Inoue Sana, Nakamura Michio
PRIMATES   57(1) 3-7   Jan 2016   [Refereed]
Nakamura Michio, Itoh Noriko
JOURNAL OF TROPICAL ECOLOGY   31 183-186   Mar 2015   [Refereed]
Wilson Michael L., Boesch Christophe, Fruth Barbara, Furuichi Takeshi, Gilby Ian C., Hashimoto Chie, Hobaiter Catherine L., Hohmann Gottfried, Itoh Noriko, Koops Kathelijne, Lloyd Julia N., Matsuzawa Tetsuro, Mitani John C., Mjungu Deus C., Morgan David, Muller Martin N., Mundry Roger, Nakamura Michio, Pruetz Jill, Pusey Anne E., Riedel Julia, Sanz Crickette, Schel Anne M., Simmons Nicole, Waller Michel, Watts David P., White Frances, Wittig Roman M., Zuberbuehler Klaus, Wrangham Richard W.
NATURE   513(7518) 414-+   Sep 2014   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura; H. Hayaki; K. Hosaka; N. Itoh; K. Zamma
American Journal of Physical Anthropology   153(1) 139-143   Jan 2014   [Refereed]
N. Nakazawa; S. Hanamura; E. Inoue; M. Nakatsukasa; M. Nakamura
Journal of Human Evolution   65(3) 334-337   Sep 2013   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura; N. Corp; M. Fujimoto; S. Fujita; S. Hanamura; H. Hayaki; K. Hosaka; M.A. Huffman; A. Inaba; E. Inoue; N. Itoh; N. Kutsukake; M. Kiyono-Fuse; T. Kooriyama; L.F. Marchant; A. Matsumoto-Oda; T. Matsusaka; W.C. McGrew; J.C. Mitani; H. Nishie; K. Norikoshi; T. Sakamaki; M. Shimada; L.A. Turner; J.V. Wakibara; K. Zamma
Primates   54(2) 171-182   Apr 2013   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura; T. Nishida
American Journal of Primatology   75(2) 186-196   Feb 2013   [Refereed]
J.C. Mitani; F.B.M. de Waal; K. Hosaka; W.C. McGrew; M. Nakamura; A. Nishimura; R.W. Wrangham; J. Yamigiwa
International Journal of Primatology   33(1) 10-18   Feb 2012   [Refereed]
Itoh N, Nakamura M, Zamma K, Ihobe H, Hosaka K
JAPANESE JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY   62(1) 83-88   2012
Rates of lethal aggression in chimpanzees depend on the number of adult males rather than measures of human disturbance
Wilson Michael L., Boesch Christophe, Furuichi Takeshi, Gilby Ian C., Hashimoto Chie, Hohmann Gottfried, Itoh Noriko, Matsuzawa Tetsuro, Mitani John, Mjungu Deus C., Morgan David, Nakamura Michio, Pruetz Jill, Pusey Anne E., Sanz Crickette, Simmons Nicole, White Frances, Watts David P., Zuberbuhler Klaus, Wrangham Richard W.
Tool use by Mahale chimpanzees.
Nakamura M
Primate Archaeology: An Evolutionary Context for the Emergence of Technology (2012/3, Oxford)      2012   [Refereed]
Long-term field studies of chimpanzees at Mahaie Mountains National Park, Tanzania. In: Long-Term Field Studies of Primates.
Nakamura M , Nishida T
Kappeler PM, Watts DP (eds), Springer, Heidelberg, pp. 33^356.      2012   [Refereed]
<Note> Immigration of a Large Number of Adolescent Female Chimpanzees into the Mahale M Group
Hayakawa Takashi;Nakashima Mai;Nakamura Michio
Pan Africa News   18(1) 8-10   Jun 2011   [Refereed]
Habitat use of bush hyrax in the miombo woodland, Ugalla, Tanzania.
Iida E. Idani G. Nakamura M
VIth European COngress of Mammalogy (2011/7, Paris)      2011   [Refereed]
Comparison of social behaviors. In: The Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba
Nakamura M
Matsuzawa T, Humle T, Sugiyama Y (eds), Springer, Tokyo, pp.251-263      2011   [Refereed]
Long-term changes in the social and natural environments surrounding the chimpanzees of the mahale mountains national park
N. Itoh; M. Nakamura; H. Ihobe; S. Uehara; K. Zamma; L. Pintea; A. Seimon; T. Nishida
The Ecological Impact of Long-Term Changes in Africa\ś Rift Valley   249-277   2011   [Refereed]
Primate Research   26(2) 205-219   Dec 2010
Primate Research   26(2) 131-142   Dec 2010
When we say something is &lsquo;complex,&rsquo; we may define its complexity in terms of 1) the number of its components, 2) the number of kinds of components, 3) the number of connections among components, 4) the number of kinds of connections, o...
インタラクションの境界と接続 -サル・人・会話研究から
木村大治, 中村美知夫 ,高梨克也
445pp. 昭和堂      2010   [Refereed]
How adult male chimpanzees of Mahale acquire the alpha status?
Nishida T, Inaba A, Itoh N, Kooriyama T, Nakamura M, Nishie H, Sakamaki T, Zamma K.
International Primatological Society XXIII Congress (2010/09, Kyoto).      2010   [Refereed]
Ubiquity of culture and possible social inheritance of sociality among wild chimpan-zees. In: The Mind of the Chimpanzee: Ecological and Experimental Perspectives
Nakamura M.
Lonsdorf EV, Ross SR, Matsuzawa T (eds), University of Chicago Press, pp. 156–167.      2010   [Refereed]
霊長類研究   24 229-240   Mar 2009
More than half a century has passed since Imanishi (1952) proposed &lsquo;culture&rsquo; to nonhuman animals. Now, although there is still some skepticism, the discussion of nonhuman cultures is widely accepted in the international academic world....
Long-term field studies of chimpanzees at Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania.
Nakamura M
Göttingen Freilandtage: Long-Term Field Studies of Primates (2009/12, Göttingen).      2009   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura; T. Nishida
Primate Conservation   24(1) 85-90   2009   [Refereed]
N. Corp; H. Hayaki; T. Matsusaka; S. Fujita; K. Hosaka; N. Kutsukake; M. Nakamura; M. Nakamura; H. Nishie; M. Shimada; K. Zamma; W. Wallauer; T. Nishida
Primates   50(2) 184-189   Apr 2009   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura
Primates   50(2) 142-152   Apr 2009   [Refereed]
Developmental process of grooming hand-clasp by chimpanzees of the Mahale Mountains, Tanzania.
Nakamura M, Nishida T
The XXII Congress of The International Primatological Society. (2008/08, Edinburgh).      2008   [Refereed]
Nishida T, Nakamura M
(In: Science and Conservation in African Forests: The Benefits of Long-term Research) (eds. Wrangham RW, Ross E) pp. 173–183 Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.      2008   [Refereed]
T. Kaur; J. Singh; S. Tong; C. Humphrey; D. Clevenger; W. Tan; B. Szekely; Y. Wang; Y. Li; E. Alex Muse; M. Kiyono; S. Hanamura; E. Inoue; M. Nakamura; M.A. Huffman; B. Jiang; T. Nishida
American journal of primatology   70(8) 755-765   Aug 2008   [Refereed]
S. Hanamura; M. Kiyono; M. Lukasik-Braum; T. Mlengeya; M. Fujimoto; M. Nakamura; T. Nishida
Primates   49(1) 77-80   Jan 2008   [Refereed]
T. Matsusaka; H. Nishie; M. Shimada; N. Kutsukake; K. Zamma; M. Nakamura; T. Nishida
Primates   47(2) 113-122   Apr 2006   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura; T. Nishida
Primates   47(1) 35-42   Jan 2006   [Refereed]
Primate Research   21(1) 27-46   Jul 2005
Papers (articles and short communications) on wild chimpanzee studies published during 2000-2004 in scientific journals were searched comprehensively using PrimateLIT ( A total of 145 papers were found, and wer...
NAKAMURA Michio, NISHIDA Toshisada
Primate Research   20(1) 57-61   Jun 2004
NAKAI Masashi, ITOH Noriko, NAKAMURA Michio, HUFFMAN Michael A., NISHIDA Toshisada
Primate Research   20(1) 1-9   Jun 2004
The skeletal remains of five adult wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) stored at the Kansyana Research Camp in the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania, were examined in order to identify the skeletons and to find patholog...
M. Nakamura; S. Uehara
Current Anthropology   45(1) 108-114   Feb 2004   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura
Journal of Human Evolution   44(1) 59-71   Jan 2003   [Refereed]
T. Nishida; N. Corp; M. Hamai; T. Hasegawa; M. Hiraiwa-Hasegawa; K. Hosaka; K.D. Hunt; N. Itoh; K. Kawanaka; A. Matsumoto-Oda; J.C. Mitani; M. Nakamura; K. Norikoshi; T. Sakamaki; L. Turner; S. Uehara; K. Zamma
American Journal of Primatology   59(3) 99-121   Mar 2003   [Refereed]
Primates   41(3) 237-248   Jul 2000
M. Nakamura; W.C. McGrew; L.F. Marchant; T. Nishida
Primates   41(3) 237-248   Jul 2000   [Refereed]
M. Nakamura
Human Nature   11(3) 281-297   2000   [Refereed]
T. Nishida; T. Kano; J. Goodall; W.C. McGrew; M. Nakamura
Anthropological Science   107(2) 141-188   Apr 1999   [Refereed]


保坂和彦, 早石周平, 中島朋紀, 土門容子, 清水貴史, 中村美知夫
鎌倉女子大学学術研究所報   13(13) 23-28   Mar 2013
保坂和彦, 早石周平, 中島朋紀, 土門容子, 清水貴史, 中村美知夫
鎌倉女子大学学術研究所報   14(14) 11-21   Mar 2014
中村 美知夫
Pan Africa News   18(0) 9-10   Sep 2011
Primate Research   24(2) 69-71   Dec 2008
Primate Research   24(2)    Dec 2008
中村 美知夫
Primate Research   19(2) 175-176   2003
What does diversity in cultural behaviour of chimpanzees tell us with respect to their conservation?
Uehara S., Nakamura M.
3rd TAWIRI (Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute) Annual Scientific Conference: Application of Research Results in the Conservation of Wildlife Resources. (Dec. 2002, Arusha, Tanzania) Abstracts : 36.      2002   [Refereed]
Behavioral differences between neighboring groups of chimpanzees at Mahale.
Nakamura M
On Human Nature: Symposium of Comparative Cognitive Science. (2008/05, Kyoto)      2008   [Refereed]
Long-term changes in the social and natural environments surrounding the chimpanzees of the Mahale Mts. National Park
Itoh N, Nakamura M, Ihobe H, Nishida T
Conference on Long Term Changes in Protected Areas of the Albertine Rift (2009/01, Kampala)      2009   [Refereed]
Habitat use of bush hyraxes in Mahale
Iida E, Nakamura M, Idani G
International Symposium “Hope-GM Lectures on Primate Mind and Society” (2010/03, Kyoto).      2010   [Refereed]
NAKAMURA Michio, ITOH Noriko, SAKAMAKI Tetsuya
Primate Research   15(2) 93-99   Oct 1999
More than 30 years have passed since chimpanzee research camp was set up at the Mahale Mountains in Tanzania. Besides the continuous long-term research on chimpanzees, various research and descriptions on climate, plants, vegetation and animals ha...

Books etc

中村 美知夫, 保坂 和彦, 伊藤 詞子, Zamma Koichiro
Cambridge University Press   2015   ISBN:9781107052314
Grooming-hand-clasp in Mahale M group chimpanzees : implication for culture in social behaviours.
中村 美知夫
Behavioural Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos (Cambridge University Press),71-83   2002   
木村 大治,高梨 克也,中村 美知夫
昭和堂   2010   ISBN:9784812210086

Conference Activities & Talks

中村美知夫, 山上昌紘
霊長類研究   1 Jul 2017   
大谷ミア, 仲澤伸子, 中村美知夫
日本動物行動学会大会発表要旨集   Nov 2015   
島田将喜, 西江仁徳, 中村美知夫
霊長類研究   20 Jun 2015   
Primate Research Supplement   2015   
Organizer: Michio NAKAMURA (Kyoto University), Kazuhiko HOSAKA (Kamakura Women's University), Noriko ITOH (Kyoto University), Koichiro ZAMMA (Kyoto Uni-versity)


Field study of wild chimpanzees.

Research Grants & Projects

Social studies on wild chimpanzees.