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Baboon Perspectives on Early Human Ancestors One Approach to Reconstructing Early Hominin Ecology and Behavior

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By: Glenn E King(Author)
290 pages, 8 colour & 20 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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  • Baboon Perspectives on Early Human Ancestors ISBN: 9783031367687 Hardback Sep 2024 Available for pre-order
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Baboon Perspectives on Early Human Ancestors brings together the most recent information on the behaviour and ecology of Papio baboons and early hominins. Building on a long tradition and integrating recent developments, it discusses the ways that baboon behaviour can enhance our understanding of our early ancestors. This approach augments the interpretation of the archaeological record and provides hypotheses for the gaps in the record and for the millions of years before the record began. Baboon behaviour complements the widely used chimpanzee models, but also generates competing hypotheses. Among the many topics covered in the book are foraging and predator defence; multi-level societies and male-female relationships; social and ecological cognition; and communication and the roots of language.


Chapter 1. An Introduction to Baboons and Early Hominins
Chapter 2. Why Compare Early Hominins to Baboons?
Chapter 3. Comparison and Criticism
Chapter 4. Subsistence
Chapter 5. Stresses and Dangers
Chapter 6. Social Organization
Chapter 7. Social Relationships of Females
Chapter 8. Cognition
Chapter 9. Communication
Chapter 10. The Roots of Language

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Dr Glenn E. King was trained in anthropology at Cornell and UCLA and in primatology with Sherwood Washburn at UC Berkeley. He taught anthropology and primatology at Monmouth University in New Jersey and is now Professor Emeritus. His research includes close observation of free-ranging olive baboons in Tanzania and the pursuit of uncooperative chacma baboons in South Africa. Previously he studied captive chimpanzees at Holloman AFB; and hamadryas baboons, geladas, and mandrills at the Los Angeles Zoo. Dr King's primate behaviour text (Routledge 2016) emphasizes the significance of primates in general for understanding the evolution of human behaviour. His most recent publications appeared in the Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.

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By: Glenn E King(Author)
290 pages, 8 colour & 20 b/w illustrations
Publisher: Springer Nature
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