Understanding the 13C and 15N enrichments between primate diet and hair is necessary for reconstructing primate diets and ecology. However, dietary lipids need to be controlled for in order to accurately estimate the hair 13C and 15N enrichment factors (ϵ*). We report diet-hair 13C and 15N enrichment factors for vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops sabaeus) based on a controlled diet study in captivity. The vervet monkeys were fed a standard monkey chow exclusively. The 13Cϵ*hair-diet and 15Nϵ*hair-diet values for male adults were 2.8‰ and 2.9‰, respectively; those for lactating females were 2.4‰ and 2.2‰, respectively. The isotope enrichment between hair from infant (ca. 3 months of age) and hair from its mother were 13Cϵ*hair(infant-mother) and 15Nϵ* and 15Nϵ* hair(infant-mother) were 0.7‰ and 1.8‰, respectively.
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