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Times Higher Education Supplement
Susan Perry and Joseph H. Manson‘s book reveals capuchins as having social lives as rich and as complex as those...of humans...Perry‘s book, with her husband and research partner, is far more than just stories about monkeys’ social lives. It offers fascinating biology from Costa Rica’s tropical forests, including the small, somewhat ugly, Machiavellian capuchin monkeys. They act as the focus for a discourse that ranges over “big questions”: why evolve large brains and intelligence; how do youngsters learn group-typical behavior; why does lethal aggression occur? These questions are embedded in the human drama of fieldwork; snakes, bugs of all kinds, plants with deadly toxicity, ill-fated collaborations, deep friendships and human poachers...We desperately need such studies to be sustained. Let’s hope this fascinating book will go some way towards achieving this aim.
— Phyllis C. Lee