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Tree of Origin What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution

ISBN-10: 0674010043
ISBN-13: 9780674010048
Edition: 2001 (Reprint)
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Description: How did we become the linguistic, cultured, and hugely successful apes that we are? Our closest relatives--the other mentally complex and socially skilled primates--offer tantalizing clues. In Tree of Origin nine of the world's top primate experts  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.01" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

How did we become the linguistic, cultured, and hugely successful apes that we are? Our closest relatives--the other mentally complex and socially skilled primates--offer tantalizing clues. In Tree of Origin nine of the world's top primate experts read these clues and compose the most extensive picture to date of what the behavior of monkeys and apes can tell us about our own evolution as a species. It has been nearly fifteen years since a single volume addressed the issue of human evolution from a primate perspective, and in that time we have witnessed explosive growth in research on the subject. Tree of Origin gives us the latest news about bonobos, the "make love not war" apes who behave so dramatically unlike chimpanzees. We learn about the tool traditions and social customs that set each ape community apart. We see how DNA analysis is revolutionizing our understanding of paternity, intergroup migration, and reproductive success. And we confront intriguing discoveries about primate hunting behavior, politics, cognition, diet, and the evolution of language and intelligence that challenge claims of human uniqueness in new and subtle ways. Tree of Origin provides the clearest glimpse yet of the apelike ancestor who left the forest and began the long journey toward modern humanity.

Introduction
Of Genes and Apes: Chimpanzee Social Organization and Reproduction
Apes from Venus: Bonobos and Human Social Evolution
Beyond the Apes: Reasons to Consider the Entire Primate Order
The Ape's Gift: Meat-eating, Meat-sharing, and Human Evolution
Out of the Pan, Into the Fire: How Our Ancestors' Evolution Depended on What They Ate
Social and Technical Forms of Primate Intelligence
Brains on Two Legs: Group Size and the Evolution of Intelligence
From Primate Communication to Human Language
The Nature of Culture: Prospects and Pitfalls of Cultural Primatology
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