Evolution of Social Behaviour Patterns in Primates and Man: A Joint Discussion Meeting of the Royal Society and the British Academy / Edition 1

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This volume brings an interdisciplinary approach to one of the most exciting areas of current behavioral science research. It contains papers by distinguished researchers from Europe and the United States at the forefront of biology, primatology, archaeology, psychology, linguistics, and anthropology. Derived from a Royal Society/British Academy meeting, the papers' topics range from cultural and social behavior among non-human primates, through the interaction of cognitive development with social organization during the Upper Paleolithic, to behavior among modern humans. The volume as a whole reflects the important recent developments in such areas as behavioral ecology, evolutionary psychology and the origin and function of language, and scholars and students in these areas will find this information invaluable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780197261644
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Proceedings of the British Academy Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.41 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Trinity College, Cambridge

University of Sussex (Emeritus)

University of Liverpool

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Social Evolution in Primates: The Role of Ecological Factors and Male Behaviour 9
Determinants of Group Size in Primates: A General Model 33
Function and Intention in the Calls of Non-Human Primates 59
Why Culture is Common, but Cultural Evolution is Rare 77
An Evolutionary and Chronological Framework for Human Social Behaviour 95
Friendship and the Banker's Paradox: Other Pathways to the Evolution of Adaptations for Altruism 119
The Early Prehistory of Human Social Behaviour: Issues of Archaeological Inference and Cognitive Evolution 145
The Emergence of Biologically Modern Populations in Europe: A Social and Cognitive 'Revolution'? 179
Responses to Environmental Novelty: Changes in Men's Marriage Strategies in a Rural Kenyan Community 203
Genetic Language Impairment: Unruly Grammars 223
The Emergence of Cultures among Wild Chimpanzees 251
Terrestriality, Bipedalism and the Origin of Language 269
Conclusions 291
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