The Chimpanzees of the Tai'A Forest: Behavioural Ecology and Evolution / Edition 1

The Chimpanzees of the Tai'A Forest: Behavioural Ecology and Evolution / Edition 1

by Christophe Boesch, Hedwige Boesch-Achermann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198505078

ISBN-13: 9780198505075

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The chimpanzees are the closest living evolutionary relatives to our own species, Homo sapiens. As such, they have long exerted a fascination over those with an interest in human evolution, and what makes humans unique. Chrisophe Boesch and Hedwige Boesch-Acherman undertook an incredible observational study of a group of wild chimpanzees of the Tai forest in Cote D

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The chimpanzees are the closest living evolutionary relatives to our own species, Homo sapiens. As such, they have long exerted a fascination over those with an interest in human evolution, and what makes humans unique. Chrisophe Boesch and Hedwige Boesch-Acherman undertook an incredible observational study of a group of wild chimpanzees of the Tai forest in Cote D'Ivoire, spending some fifteen years in the West African jungle with them. This fascinating book is the result of these years of painstaking research among the chimps. Chimpanzee behavior is documented here in all its impressive diversity and variety. Aggression, territoriality, social structure and relationships, reproductive strategies, hunting, tool use - each of these is given its own chapter, along with topics such as chimp intelligence, life histories, and demography. The authors take care to place their observations within the broader context of research in behavioral ecology, and to compare and contrast their findings with other important work on chimpanzee groups, such as that by Jane Goodall. The book concludes with a summary chapter relating the chimpanzee findings to our understanding of human evolution. Combining careful scientific observation with a store of entertaining anecdotes, this is a lively and readable book. It also succeeds in shedding light on some of the central questions around the evolutionary relationships between the primates, and in particular the affinity between chimpanzees and humans. 'This is a major contribution to the study of the great apes, and a significant addition to debates about human/ape evolution. It has all the makings of a classic monograph.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198505075
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chimpanzees, humans, and the forest
Demography of the Taï chimpanzee community
Female life histories
Reproductive strategies of male chimpanzees
Social structure of the Taï chimpanzees
Social relationships within the community
Inter-group aggressions and territoriality in Taï chimpanzees
Hunting behaviour in wild chimpanzees
Tool use in wild chimpanzees
Intelligence in wild chimpanzees
Chimpanzee and human evolution
Appendix
References
Index

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