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Dionisios Youlatos

Committee member

Dionisios Youlatos

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Biology, Department of Zoology, GR-54124 Thessaloniki, Greece

Current affiliations

Dr. Dionisios Youlatos is full Professor at the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He holds a Degree in Biology (1990) from the National University of Athens, Greece, and has obtained his M.Sc. (1991) and his Ph.D. (1994) from the Museum National d’ Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France. He worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the University of Puerto Rico, USA. His scientific interests focus on the evolution of mammalian arboreality and the adaptive significance of morphological (claws, nails, apical pads, limb prehensility) and kinematic (locomotor and postural behavior, limb movements) correlates to habitat structure, on the evolution (functional morphology, paleoecological reconstruction) of Miocene-Pliocene primates, and on the behavior, ecology and conservation of mammals. Recently, he is mainly interested in the evolution of positional adaptations and functional morphology of snub-nosed monkeys and the functional adaptations of colobines across their range from Africa, Europe, and Asia. He has long experience in museum, laboratory, and field work in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Greek National Institute of Scholarships, the Greek Ministry of Environment, Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science, Rufford Foundation, and the Chinese Government. He has actively participated in drafting Management Plans and in the monitoring and sustainable management of mammal fauna of many Protected Areas in Greece and Cyprus. Thus far, he has published over 100 research articles and 19 chapters in books and has co-edited 4 scientific books.

Recent publications
  • Su DF, Kelley J, Flynn LJ, et al. (2024) Paleoecology and paleobiogeography of the latest Miocene site of Shuitangba, Zhaotong, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 641: 112112. doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2024.112112

  • Konyovska R, Youlatos D, and Spassov N (2023) Terrestriality as reflected in the humerus of Mesopithecus delsoni (Cercopithecidae, Colobinae) from Hadjidimovo, Bulgaria. Journal of Human Evolution 180: 103383. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2023.103383

  • Yang Y, Youlatos D, Behie AM, et al. (2022). Locomotion, postures, and canopy use in the Critically Endangered black snub-nosed monkey Rhinopithecus strykeri in the Gaoligong Mountains, Yunnan, China. Current Zoology 68: 401–409. doi: 10.1093/cz/zoab071

  • Bhandari S, Adhikari B, Baral K, et al. (2022) Climate change threatens striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena) distribution in Nepal. Mammal Research 67: 433–443. doi: 10.1007/s13364-022-00638-2

  • Youlatos D, He G, Guo ST, and Li BG (2021) Positional behavior, habitat use, and forelimb morphology of Père David's Rock Squirrels Sciurotamias davidianus (Milne-Edwards, 1867) (Sciuridae, Rodentia) in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China. Mammalian Biology 101(5): 567–580. doi: 10.1007/s42991-021-00116-3

  • Youlatos D, Granatosky MC, Al Belbeisi R, et al. (2021) Sex differences in habitat use, positional behavior, and gaits of free-ranging Golden Snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana) in the Qinling Mountains, Shaanxi, China. Primates 62(3): 507–519. doi: 10.1007/s10329-021-00900-2

  • Bhandari S, Youlatos D, Thapamagar T, and Bhusal DR (2021) Shrinking striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena Linnaeus, 1758) distribution in Nepal. European Journal of Wildlife Research 67: 10. doi: 10.1007/s10344-020-01437-3

  • Thapamagar T, Bhandari S, Acharya HR, et al. (2021) Habitat utilization by Alpine musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster) in Khaptad National Park, Nepal. Zoodiversity 55(5): 405–410. doi: 10.15407/zoo2021.05.405

  • Ji XP, Youlatos D, Jablonski NG, et al. (2020). Oldest colobine calcaneus from East Asia (Zhaotong, Yunnan, China). Journal of Human Evolution 147: 108622. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2020.102866

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