The Real Chimpanzee: Sex Strategies in the Forest

The Real Chimpanzee: Sex Strategies in the Forest

by Christophe Boesch
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521125138

ISBN-13: 9780521125130

Pub. Date: 08/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Real Chimpanzee encapsulates the fascinating behaviour of wild chimpanzees and discusses the differences observed in different populations across the species, and across the many levels of their social behaviour. It explains why sex competition and predation pressures in a forest chimpanzee population made the females of the group highly social and gave the

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The Real Chimpanzee encapsulates the fascinating behaviour of wild chimpanzees and discusses the differences observed in different populations across the species, and across the many levels of their social behaviour. It explains why sex competition and predation pressures in a forest chimpanzee population made the females of the group highly social and gave the males a high level of within-group solidarity, making them very xenophobic towards outsiders. Love is what makes war possible. Christophe Boesch brings back to the table the debate over ecological pressures and social organization, and the influence they have over issues such as the evolution of warfare, co-operation, altruism and the position of females. Written in an accessible style for a general audience as well as for undergraduate and graduate students, he presents insightful views to give readers the background information to understand the struggle for survival of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, and through this to find some keys to the ever-so-intriguing question of what makes us human.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521125130
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Sales rank:
950,811
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1. Make love and war?; 2. Inconspicuous female superiority; 3. The tyranny of the testis; 4. Odyssey through our forest past; 5. Make war to get love; 6. The real chimpanzee; 7. When sex became destructive; 8. Postscript: Fedora's fate.

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