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By Russell H. Tuttle

ISBN-10: 0674073169

ISBN-13: 9780674073166

during this masterwork, Russell H. Tuttle synthesizes an enormous learn literature in primate evolution and behaviour to give an explanation for how apes and people advanced on the subject of each other, and why people turned a bipedal, tool-making, culture-inventing species unique from different hominoids. alongside the way in which, he refutes the idea that males are primarily killer apes--sophisticated yet instinctively competitive, harmful beings.

Situating people in a vast context, Tuttle musters facts from morphology and up to date fossil discoveries to bare what early primates ate, the place they slept, how they discovered to stroll upright, how mind and hand anatomy developed concurrently, and what else occurred evolutionarily to reason people to diverge from their closest family members. regardless of our genomic similarities with bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas, people are certain between primates in occupying a symbolic area of interest of values and ideology in keeping with symbolically mediated cognitive strategies. even if apes express behaviors that strongly recommend they could imagine, salient components of human culture--speech, mating proscriptions, kinship constructions, and ethical codes--are symbolic platforms that aren't happen between apes. This encylopedic quantity is either a milestone in primatological learn and a critique of what's recognized and but to be came across approximately human and ape potential.

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