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Academic & Professional Books  Mammals  Primates

Primate Behaviour Information, Social Knowledge, and the Evolution of Culture

By: D Quiatt and V Reynolds
324 pages, 8 tabs, 35 line illus, 4 b/w photos
Primate Behaviour
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  • Primate Behaviour ISBN: 9780521498326 Paperback Jan 1995 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 1-2 weeks
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About this book

The central theme of this work is the importance of social information and knowledge to a full understanding of primate social behaviour and organisation. Using this perspective, the authors seek to demonstrate a continuity between human and non-human society that is often not recognised elsewhere in the literature.


1. Introduction; 2. The contexts of behaviour; 3. Emphasizing individual benefits: blind strategies; 4. Emphasizing individual benefits: tactical decisions; 5. Cognition; 6. Social cognition; 7. Intentionalist interpretations of behaviour; 8. Kinship in the social domain; 9. Kinship and marriage; 10. The constraints of culture; 11. Language and its social implications; References; Index.

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By: D Quiatt and V Reynolds
324 pages, 8 tabs, 35 line illus, 4 b/w photos
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' ... a useful synthesis of the current state of cognitive primatology, as seen through experienced anthropological eyes.' W. C. McGrew, Nature ' ... this work is a must read for anyone interested in primate and human societies. It offers a new and dynamic approach to primate communication ... I highly recommend this book.' European Sociobiological Society Newsletter
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