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Institut für Evolutionäre Anthropologie (IEA)


  • Heldstab, SA., Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2018): Hibernation constrains brain size evolution in mammals. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 10.1111/jeb.13353.
  • Ranjeewa, A.D.G., Pastorini, J., Isler, K., Kottage, H.D., Weerakoon, D.K., Fernando, P. (2018): Decreasing reservoir water levels improve habitat quality for Asian elephants. Mammalian Biology 88: 130-137.
  • Genoud, M., Isler, K., Martin, R.D. (2018): Comparative analyses of basal rate of metabolism in mammals: data selection does matter. Biological Reviews 93: 404-438.
  • Powell, L., Isler, K., Barton, R. (2017): Re-evaluating the link between brain size and behavioural ecology in primates. Proceedings of the Royal Society London B 284: 20171765.
  • Heldstab, S.A., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2017): Getting fat or getting help? How female mammals cope with energetic constraints on reproduction. Frontiers in Zoology 14:29.
  • Heldstab, S.A., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2016): Being fat and smart: A comparative analysis of the fat-brain trade-off in mammals. Journal of Human Evolution 100: 25-34.
  • McGrosky, A., Navarrete, A., Isler, K., Langer, P., Clauss, M. (2016): Gross intestinal morphometry and allometry in Carnivora. European Journal of Wildlife Research 62: 395-405.
  • Heldstab, S.A., Kosonen, Z.K., Koski, S.E., Burkart, J.M., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2016): Manipulation complexity in primates coevolved with brain size and terrestriality. Scientific Reports 6: 24528.
  • Schuppli, C., Graber, S.M., Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2016): Life history, cognition and the evolution of complex foraging niches. Journal of Human Evolution 92: 91-100.
  • Grueter, C.C., Isler, K., Dixson, B.J. (2015): Are badges of status adaptive in large complex primates groups? Evolution and Human Behavior 36: 398-406.
  • Chojnacka, D., Isler, K., Barski, J.J., Bshary, R. (2015): Relative brain and brain part sizes provide only limited evidence that Machiavellian behavior in cleaner wrasse is cognitively demanding. PLOS ONE 10: e0135373.
  • Pastorini, J., Prasad, T., Leimgruber, P., Isler, K., Fernando, P. (2015) Elephant GPS tracking collars: is there a best? Gajah 43: 15-25.
  • Burkart, J.M., Allon, O., Amici, F., Fichtel, C., Finkenwirth, C., Heschl, A., Huber, J., Isler, K., Kosonen, Z.K., Martins, E., Meulman, E., Richiger, R., Rueth, K., Spillmann, B., Wiesendanger, S., van Schaik, C.P. (2014): The evolutionary origin of human hyper-cooperation. Nature Communications 5: 4747.
  • van Woerden, J.T., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2014) Seasonality of diet composition is related to brain size in New World monkeys. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 154: 628-632.

  • Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2014) How humans evolved large brains: Comparative evidence. Evolutionary Anthropology 23:65-75.
  • Isler, K. (2014) Adipose tissue in evolution. In: Fantuzzi, G., Braunschweig, C. (eds.) Adipose Tissue and Adipokines in Health and Disease. 2nd ed. Springer, New York, pp 3-13.
  • Pontzer, H., Raichlen, D.A., Gordon, A.D., Schroepfer-Walker, K.K., Hare, B., O'Neill, M.C., Muldoon K.M., Dunsworth, H.M., Wood, B.M., Isler, K., Burkart, J., Irwin, M., Shumaker, R.W., Lonsdorf E.V., Ross, S.R. (2014). Primate energy expediture and life history. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 111:1433-1437.
  • Isler, K. (2013) Brain size evolution: how fish pay for being smart. Current Biology 23: R63-R65.
  • van Schaik, C.P., Damerius, L., Isler, K. (2013) Wild orangutan males plan and communicate their travel direction one day in advance. PLOS ONE 8: e74896.
  • Cavegn, N., van Dijk, R.M., Menges, D., Brettschneider, H., Phalanndwa, M., Chimimba, C.T., Isler, K., Lipp, H.-P., Slomianka, L., Amrein, I. (2013). Habitat-specific patterns of adult hippocampal neurogenesis in wild rodents. Frontiers in Neuroscience 7: 59.
  • Grueter, C.C., Bissonnette, A., Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2013): Grooming and group cohesion in primates: Implications for the evolution of human language. Evolution & Human Behavior 34: 61-68.
  • Schuppli, C., Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2012) How to explain the unusually large age at skill competence among humans? Journal of Human Evolution 63: 843-850.
  • van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2012): Life history evolution in primates. In: The Evolution of Primate Societies (eds. J. Call, P. Kappeler, J. Mitani, R. Palombit & J. Silk). University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL. pp. 220-244.
  • Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2012) Allomaternal care, life history and brain size evolution in mammals. Journal of Human Evolution 63:52-63.
  • Prasad, V.R., Isler, K. (2012) Assessment of phylogenetic structure in genome size-gene content correlations. Genome 55: 391-395.
  • Yao, L., Brown, J.-P., Stampanoni, M., Marone, F., Isler, K., Martin, R.D. (2012) Evolutionary change in the brain size of bats. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 80: 15-25.
  • van Woerden, J.T., Willems, E.P., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2012) Large brains buffer energetic effects of seasonal habitats in catarrhine primates. Evolution 66: 191-199.
  • van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K., Burkart, J.M. (2012) Explaining brain size variation: from social to cultural brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 16:277-284.
  • Myatt, J.P., Crompton, R.H., Payne-Davis, R.C., Vereecke, E.E., Isler, K., Savage, R., D'Aout, K., Gunther, M.M., Thorpe, S.K.S. (2012) Functional adaptations in the forelimb muscles of non-human great apes. Journal of Anatomy 220: 13-28.
  • Navarrete, A.F., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2011) Energetics and the evolution of human brain size. Nature 480:91-93.
  • Amrein, I., Isler, K., Lipp, H.-P. (2011) Comparing adult hippocampal neurogenesis in mammalian species and orders: influence of chronological age and life history stage. European Journal of Neuroscience 34:978-987.
  • Isler, K. (2011) Energetic trade-offs between brain size and offspring production: marsupials confirm a general mammalian pattern. BioEssays 33(3):173-179.
  • Martin, R.D., Isler, K. (2010) The maternal energy hypothesis of brain evolution: an update. In: The Human Brain Evolving: Paleoneurological Studies in Honor of Ralph L. Holloway. (eds. Broadfield, D.C., Yuan, M.S., Schick, K., Toth, N.). Stone Age Institute Press, Gosport, IN. pp. 15-35.
  • Pastorini, J., Nishantha HG, Janaka HK, Isler K, Fernando P (2010) Water body use by Asian elephants in Southern Sri Lanka. Tropical Conservation Science 3(4):412-422.
  • van Woerden, J.T., van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2010) Effects of seasonality on brain size evolution: evidence from strepsirrhine primates. American Naturalist 176(6):758-767.
  • van Schaik, C.P., Isler, K. (2010) Gehirne, Lebensverläufe und die Evolution des Menschen. In: Fischer, E.P., Wiegandt, K. (eds.) Evolution und Kultur des Menschen. S. Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, pp 142-169.
  • Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2009) The Expensive Brain: A framework for explaining evolutionary changes in brain size. Journal of Human Evolution 57:392-400.
  • Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2009) Why are there so few smart mammals (but so many smart birds)? Biology Letters 5:125-129.
  • Barrickman, N.L., Bastian, M.L., Isler, K., van Schaik, C.P. (2008) Life history costs and benefits of encephalization: a comparative test using data from long-term studies of primates in the wild. Journal of Human Evolution 54:568-590.
  • Hemelrijk, C. K., Wantia, J. and Isler, K. (2008): Female dominance over males in primates: self-organisation and sexual dimorphism. PLoS ONE 3: e2678.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0002678.
  • Wehner R, Fukushi T, Isler K (2007) On being small: brain allometry in ants. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 69:220-228.
  • Deaner RO, Isler K, Burkart J, Van Schaik CP (2007) Overall brain size, and not encephalization quotient, best predicts cognitive ability across non-human primates. Brain, Behavior and Evolution 70:115-124.
  • Isler K, van Schaik CP (2006) Costs of encephalisation: the energy trade-off hypothesis tested on birds. Journal of Human Evolution 51:228-243.
  • Isler K, van Schaik CP (2006) Metabolic costs of brain size evolution. Biology Letters 2:557-560.
  • Payne, R. C., Crompton, R. H., Isler, K., Savage, R., Vereecke, E. E., Günther, M. M., Thorpe, S. K. S. and D'Août, K. (2006): Morphological analysis of the hindlimb in apes and humans. II. Moment arms. Journal of Anatomy 208: 725-742.
  • Payne, R. C., Crompton, R. H., Isler, K., Savage, R., Vereecke, E. E., Gunther, M. M., Thorpe, S. K. S. and D'Août, K. (2006): Morphological analysis of the hindlimb in apes and humans. I. Muscle architecture. Journal of Anatomy 208: 709-724.
  • Isler, K., Payne, R. C., Günther, M. M., Thorpe, S. K. S., Li, Y., Savage, R. and Crompton, R. H. (2006): Inertial properties of hominoid limb segments. Journal of Anatomy 209: 201-218.
  • Isler, K. and Grüter, C. C. (2006): Arboreal locomotion in wild black-and-white snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus bieti). Folia Primatologica 77: 195-211.
  • Isler, K. (2005): 3D-kinematics of vertical climbing in hominoids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 126: 66-81.
  • Isler, K. (2004): Locomotor performance, morphology and environment: an integrative approach to primate locomotion. Journal of Anthropological Sciences 82: 119-125.
  • Isler, K. (2004): Footfall patterns, stride length and speed of vertical climbing in spider monkeys (Ateles fusciceps robustus) and woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagotricha). Folia Primatologica 75: 133-149.
  • Häusler, M., Isler, K., Schmid, P. and Berger, L. (2004): 3D-digital mapping of the early hominid site of Gladysvale cave, South Africa. Human Evolution 19: 45-52.
  • Isler, K. and Thorpe, S.K.S. (2003): Gait parameters in vertical climbing of captive, rehabilitant and wild Sumatran orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus abelii). Journal of Experimental Biology 206: 4081-4096.
  • Isler, K. (2003): Aspects of vertical climbing in gorillas. Courier Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg 243: 71-78.
  • Isler, K. (2003): 3D-Kinematics of Vertical Climbing in Hominoids. Dissertation, Universität Zürich.
  • Isler, K., Barbour, A.D. and Martin, R.D. (2002): Line-fitting by rotation: A nonparametric method for bivariate allometric analysis. Biometrical Journal 44: 289-304.
  • Isler, K. (2002): Characteristics of vertical climbing in African apes. Senckenbergiana lethaea 82: 115-124.
  • Isler, K. (2002): Characteristics of vertical climbing in gibbons. Evolutionary Anthropology 11 Suppl. 1: 49-52.
  • Isler, K. (2001): 3D-Bewegungsanalyse bei Menschenaffen. Bulletin de la Société Suisse d'Anthropologie 7: 23-25.
  • Isler, K. (1997): Eine verteilungsfreie Methode zur Geradenschätzung in bivariaten allometrischen Analysen. Diplomarbeit, Universität Zürich.

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