Agustín Fuentes

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Agustín Fuentes is an American primatologist and biological anthropologist whose work focuses largely on human and non-human primate interaction, pathogen transfer, communication, cooperation, and human social evolution. He received a BA, MA, and PhD from Berkeley; and he is currently a professor at Notre Dame. Fuentes has studied the transmission of diseases between humans and macaques in Bali and Gibraltar. He considers social complexity to have contributed materially to humans' history of successfully surpassing limits that constrain other animals.


Fuentes graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Anthropology and Zoology, as well as an M.A. and PhD in Anthropology, and has since been researching his main interests in the fields of biological anthropology and primatology. He is currently a professor in the Department of Anthropology at University of Notre Dame, as well as the director for their Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts.


One of Dr. Fuentes' major impacts on the field of primatology has been his work on human and non-human primate interactions. He has worked extensively with populations of macaques in Bali and Gibraltar, where the monkeys are a large tourist attraction, focusing on the spread of diseases between humans and macaques.[1]

He has also done extensive work in the area of human social evolution, particularly relating to the neurological aspects. Dr. Fuentes believes that increased social complexity was necessary for our interaction with the environment and within our own social groups.[2] It is this increased complexity along with primate biology and a changing environment that he believes is responsible for the success of humans in terms of expansion beyond the limits of most animal species.

Personal life[edit]

Fuentes was born in Santa Barbara and splits his time between Mishawaka, Indiana and Los Angeles.[3]

Select publications[edit]


  • A. Fuentes. 2017 The Creative Spark. Dutton ISBN 978-1101983942
  • A. Fuentes. 2012 Race, Monogamy and Other Lies They Told You: Busting myths about human behavior. UC Press. ISBN 9780520269712
  • C. Campbell, A. Fuentes, K. MacKinnon, S. Bearder, R. Stumpf P. Dolhinow, A. Fuentes, eds. 2010. The Nonhuman Primates. 2d ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-539043-8
  • A. Fuentes. 2008. Evolution of Human Behavior. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-533358-6
  • C. Panter-Brick, A. Fuentes, eds. 2008. Health, Risk and Adversity. New York/Oxford: Berghahn Books ISBN 978-1-84545-455-5
  • A. Fuentes. 2006. Core Concepts in Biological Anthropology. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 978-0-7674-2426-4
  • A. Fuentes, L.D. Wolfe. 2002. Primates Face to Face: The Conservation Implications of Human-nonhuman Primate Interconnections. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-521-79109-0
  • P. Dolhinow, A. Fuentes. 1999. The Nonhuman Primates. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 1-55934-974-3


  • A. Fuentes, S. Kalchik, L. Gettler, A. Kwiatt, M. Konecki, L. Jones-Engel. 2008. Characterizing Human–Macaque Interactions in Singapore. American Journal of Primatology 70 (9):879-883.
  • D.L. Cohn, V. Smith, M. Pizarro, L. Jones-Engel, G. Engel, A. Fuentes, E. Shaw, J. Cortes. Pediculosis in Macaca sylvanus of Gibraltar. Veterinary Parasitology 145 (1/2):116-119.
  • A. Fuentes. 2006. Human Culture and Monkey Behavior: Assessing the Contexts of Potential Pathogen Transmission between Macaques and Humans. American Journal of Primatology 68 (9):880-896.
  • A. Fuentes. 2004. It's Not All Sex and Violence: Integrated Anthropology and the Role of Cooperation and Social Complexity in Human Evolution. American Anthropologist 106 (4):710-718.
  • A. Fuentes. 2013. Evolutionary Perspectives and Transdisciplinary Intersections. A Roadmap to Generative Areas of Overlap in Discussing the Human Nature. Theology and Science 11 (2):106–129.


  1. ^ Fuentes, Agustin. "Human culture and monkey behavior: Assessing the contexts of potential pathogen transmission between macaques and humans", American Journal of Primatology, September 2006
  2. ^ Guibert, Susan. "Continuing Brain Evolution Tied to Cultural Behaviors", 2005. "Brain Evolution". Archived from the original on 2007-06-29. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  3. ^ Grantee, Waitt. "Explorers Bio: Agustín Fuentes". National Geographic. Retrieved 5 February 2017.

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