The Cultured Chimpanzee: Reflections on Cultural Primatology

The Cultured Chimpanzee: Reflections on Cultural Primatology

by W. C. McGrew
     
 

The Cultured Chimpanzee explores the astonishing variation in chimpanzee behaviour across their range which cannot be explained by individual learning, genetic, or environmental influences. It promotes the view that this rich diversity in social life and material culture reflects social learning of traditions, and more closely resembles cultural variety in humans than… See more details below

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The Cultured Chimpanzee explores the astonishing variation in chimpanzee behaviour across their range which cannot be explained by individual learning, genetic, or environmental influences. It promotes the view that this rich diversity in social life and material culture reflects social learning of traditions, and more closely resembles cultural variety in humans than the simpler behaviour of other animal species. This book shows that the field of cultural primatology may therefore help us to reconstruct the cultural evolution of Homo sapiens from earlier forms, and that it is essential for anthropologists, archaeologists, and zoologists to work together to develop a stronger understanding of human and primate cultural evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521535434
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

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Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Definition15
3Disciplines31
4Creatures other than primates50
5Primates63
6Chimpanzee ethnography86
7Chimpanzee material culture103
8Chimpanzee society131
9Lessons from cultural primatology162
10Does cultural primatology have a future?190

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