Chimpanzee Cultures

Chimpanzee Cultures

by Richard W. Wrangham
     
 

Bringing together studies of behavioral variation within and among chimpanzees and bonobos - the sibling species of the genus Pan - this book provides the basis for answering such questions. In Chimpanzee Cultures, the world's leading authorities on chimpanzees and bonobos compare the animals' behaviors from one study site to the next, and in both captive and wild… See more details below

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Bringing together studies of behavioral variation within and among chimpanzees and bonobos - the sibling species of the genus Pan - this book provides the basis for answering such questions. In Chimpanzee Cultures, the world's leading authorities on chimpanzees and bonobos compare the animals' behaviors from one study site to the next, and in both captive and wild groups. These distinguished contributors offer the most thorough documentation to date of the remarkable variety of behaviors in these species so tantalizingly close to our own. While demonstrating that both nature and culture play important roles in the behavior of the Pan species, this book affords often astonishing insights into the workings of the individual chimpanzee mind and of chimpanzee and bonobo social groups.

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Booknews
Authorities on chimpanzees and bonobos compare the animals' behaviors from one study site to the next, in captive and wild groups, and demonstrate that nature and culture play important roles in the behavior of the Pan species. Sections on ecology, social relations, and cognition discuss hunting strategies, medicinal plant use by chimpanzees in the wild, chimpanzee vocal behavior, individual differences in cognitive abilities, and the question of chimpanzee culture. Includes a foreword by Jane Goodall, plus b&w photos and drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Animal Behaviour

This volume presents the best up-to-date collection of the current state of knowledge of most aspects of chimpanzee behaviour, and it spells out the dangers now facing the apes and their environments. The study of chimpanzee cultures is crying out for more information from the increasingly isolated and diminishing communities of these apes. This book shows what has to be done, and where.
— James R. Anderson

Times Higher Education Supplement

Chimpanzee Cultures is a title to catch the eye...The aims are made explicit at the outset: to create a discipline of 'cultural primatology' by using the tools to the cultural sciences and encouraging the use of ethnography in comparing chimpanzee populations...The quality of material on the subject animals is high. All the papers are original, many containing previously unpublished data, and they do an excellent job of highlighting behavioural diversity...This is a book chiefly aimed at the scholarly community, yet it carries an important message for all of us. Wild chimpanzee populations continue to decline through habitat destruction and hunting for bush-meat: the bare bones of this are made clear in the book's final chapter by Jane Goodall. The dwindling of any species through human short-sightedness is depressing, but chimpanzees present a special case. Chimpanzee Cultures provides ample evidence that chimpanzees are not simply carbon copies of one another. The species may survive but the extinction of cultures may be proceeding as we speak.
— Thomas Sambrook

Common Knowledge

This excellent volume introduces the state of the art in primatology. Its lessons are worth learning. There can be no philosophical understanding of what it means to be human apart from understanding what it means to be chimpanzee.
— Barry Allen

Quarterly Review of Biology
This book is, quite simply, a wonderful review of current knowledge of the Pan genus.
Jane Goodall
Chimpanzee Cultures beautifully conveys the experience of working with chimpanzees, our closest living relative...[It] gives us a better appreciation of the place of our own species in Nature.
Animal Behaviour - James R. Anderson
This volume presents the best up-to-date collection of the current state of knowledge of most aspects of chimpanzee behaviour, and it spells out the dangers now facing the apes and their environments. The study of chimpanzee cultures is crying out for more information from the increasingly isolated and diminishing communities of these apes. This book shows what has to be done, and where.
Times Higher Education Supplement - Thomas Sambrook
Chimpanzee Cultures is a title to catch the eye...The aims are made explicit at the outset: to create a discipline of 'cultural primatology' by using the tools to the cultural sciences and encouraging the use of ethnography in comparing chimpanzee populations...The quality of material on the subject animals is high. All the papers are original, many containing previously unpublished data, and they do an excellent job of highlighting behavioural diversity...This is a book chiefly aimed at the scholarly community, yet it carries an important message for all of us. Wild chimpanzee populations continue to decline through habitat destruction and hunting for bush-meat: the bare bones of this are made clear in the book's final chapter by Jane Goodall. The dwindling of any species through human short-sightedness is depressing, but chimpanzees present a special case. Chimpanzee Cultures provides ample evidence that chimpanzees are not simply carbon copies of one another. The species may survive but the extinction of cultures may be proceeding as we speak.
Common Knowledge - Barry Allen
This excellent volume introduces the state of the art in primatology. Its lessons are worth learning. There can be no philosophical understanding of what it means to be human apart from understanding what it means to be chimpanzee.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674116627
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/31/1994
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
7.53(w) x 9.53(h) x 1.10(d)

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Chimpanzee Cultures beautifully conveys the experience of working with chimpanzees, our closest living relative...[It] gives us a better appreciation of the place of our own species in Nature.
Jane Goodall
Chimpanzee Cultures beautifully conveys the experience of working with chimpanzees, our closest living relative...[It] gives us a better appreciation of the place of our own species in Nature.

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