Tree of Origin: What Primate Behavior Can Tell Us about Human Social Evolution / Edition 1 available in Paperback
It has been nearly fifteen years since a single volume addressed the issue of human evolution from a primate perspective, and in that time we have witnessed explosive growth in research on the subject. Tree of Origin gives us the latest news about bonobos, the "make love not war" apes who behave so dramatically unlike chimpanzees. We learn about the tool traditions and social customs that set each ape community apart. We see how DNA analysis is revolutionizing our understanding of paternity, intergroup migration, and reproductive success. And we confront intriguing discoveries about primate hunting behavior, politics, cognition, diet, and the evolution of language and intelligence that challenge claims of human uniqueness in new and subtle ways.
Tree of Origin provides the clearest glimpse yet of the apelike ancestor who left the forest and began the long journey toward modern humanity.
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About the Author
Robin Dunbar is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Director of the Institute of Cognitive & Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford.
William C. McGrew is Professor of Anthropology and Zoology at Miami University, Ohio.
Craig Stanford is Professor of Biological Sciences and Anthropology at the University of Southern California.
Karen B. Strier is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Richard W. Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
Table of Contents
Frans B. M. de Waal
1. Anne E. Pusey
Of Genes and Apes: Chimpanzee Social Organization and Reproduction
2. Frans B. M. de Waal
Apes from Venus: Bonobos and Human Social Evolution
3. Karen B. Strier
Beyond the Apes: Reasons to Consider the Entire Primate Order
4. Craig S. Stanford
The Ape's Gift: Meat-eating, Meat-sharing, and Human Evolution
5. Richard W. Wrangham
Out of the Pan, Into the Fire: How Our Ancestors' Evolution Depended on What They Ate
6 Richard W. Byrne
Social and Technical Forms of Primate Intelligence
7. Robin I. M. Dunbar
Brains on Two Legs: Group Size and the Evolution of Intelligence
8. Charles T. Snowdon
From Primate Communication to Human Language
9. William C. McGrew
The Nature of Culture: Prospects and Pitfalls of Cultural Primatology
What People are Saying About This
In Tree of Origin, primatologists speak out about the evolution of human behavior. After decades of hard work - all those hours in the sun, all those days of stomping though forests, all those years of watching monkeys and apes - they have come to provocative conclusions about how the behavior of our closest relatives informs our own lives. This book is the bridge between our past and our present.
Meredith Small, author of Kids: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Raise Our Children
Human behavior today is so unfathomable and complex that it's hard to relate it to influences from the remote past. But if you want a source that cogently discusses human intelligence in the context of the behavior of other primates, Tree of Origin is the place to turn.
Ian Tattersall, Curator, American Museum of Natural History and author of Becoming Human
The last few decades have seen enormous progress in the study of primate behavior. Nine of the world's leading experts team up to tell us what it all means, throwing new light on human evolution.