Understanding Behavior

Understanding Behavior : What Primate Studies Tell Us About Human Behavior

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Scientific studies of monkeys, apes and other non-human primates began over 50 years ago. Since then, innumerable hours of observation have been made on these animals both in the wild and in captivity. The chief rationale for scientific primatology has always been the belief that important insights into human behaviour and society could be gained through studies of our evolutionary kin. This book reviews what researchers have learned. Distinguished scientists outline primatological insights in six areas: sex, parenting, behavioural development, aggression/dominance, culture and kinship. The chapters show how primates have been used as simplified models of human behaviours and how they have contributed to scenarios of human evolution.
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  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 19.05mm | 650g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones and tables throughout
  • 0195060202
  • 9780195060201

Table of contents

James D. Loy and Calvin Peters: Mortifying reflections: primatology and the human disciplines; Nancy A. Nicholson: Maternal behaviour in human and non-human primates; David Taub and Patrick Mehlman: Primate paternalistic investment: a cross-species view; Janice Chism: Ontogeny of behaviour in humans and non-human primates: the search for common ground; Linda D. Wolfe: Human evolution and the sexual behaviour of female primates; Ronald D. Nadler and Charles H. Phoenix: Male sexual behaviour: monkeys, men, and apes; Bernard Chapais: Primates and the origins of aggression, power and politics among humans; Donald Stone Sade: Kinship; Calvin B. Peters: Ape, humans and culture: what primatological discourse tells us about ourselves.
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