Manipulative Monkeys: The Capuchins of Lomas Barbudal

Manipulative Monkeys: The Capuchins of Lomas Barbudal

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by Susan Perry
     
 

This book takes us into a Costa Rican forest teeming with simian drama, where since 1990 primatologists Perry and Manson have followed four generations of capuchins. The authors describe behavior as entertaining--and occasionally as alarming--as it is recognizable: competition and cooperation, jockeying for position and status, peaceful years under an alpha male… See more details below

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This book takes us into a Costa Rican forest teeming with simian drama, where since 1990 primatologists Perry and Manson have followed four generations of capuchins. The authors describe behavior as entertaining--and occasionally as alarming--as it is recognizable: competition and cooperation, jockeying for position and status, peaceful years under an alpha male devolving into bloody chaos, and complex traditions passed from one generation to the next. Interspersed with their observations are the authors' colorful tales of the challenges of tropical fieldwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026643
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Prologue     1
All in a Day's Work     8
The Social Intelligence Debate and the Origins of the Lomas Barbudal Monkey Project     27
The Challenges of Foraging and Self-Medication     53
Predators, Prey, and Personality     72
Capuchin Communication     89
Abby and Tattle: Two Females' Political Careers     116
Curmudgeon: The Career of an Alpha Male     134
Moth and Tranquilo: The Strategies of Incoming Alpha Males     168
Kola and Jordan: Lethal Aggression and the Importance of Allies     199
Miffin, Nobu, and Abby: Capuchin Mothers, Infants, and Babysitters     220
Guapo: Innovation and Tradition in the Creation of Bond-Testing Rituals     245
Social Learning and the Roots of Culture     264
Nobu and La Lucha sin Fin: Conservation of Tropical Dry Forests     288
Epilogue     308
Cast of Characters     317
Timeline of Events in Abby's and Rambo's Groups     325
Glossary of Behavioral Terms in the Capuchin Communicative Repertoire     329
Works Cited     332
Acknowledgments     347
Index     351

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