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The Real Chimpanzee encapsulates the fascinating behaviour of wild chimps and discusses the differences observed in different populations across the species, and across the many levels of their social behaviour.
It tells the story of why sex competition in a forest chimpanzee population made the females of the group highly social and gave the males a high level of within-group solidarity, making them very xenophobic towards outsiders. Christophe Boesch brings back to the table the debate over ecological pressures and social organization, and the influence they have over issues such as the evolution of warfare, co-operation, altruism and the position of females.
Writing for undergraduate and graduate students, he presents insightful views to give readers the background information to understand the struggle for survival of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, and through this find some keys to the ever-so-intriguing question of what makes us human.
1. Make love and war?; 2. Inconspicuous female superiority; 3. The tyranny of the testis; 4. Odyssey through our forest past; 5. Make war to get love; 6. The real chimpanzee; 7. When sex became destructive; 8. Postscript: Fedora's fate.
Christophe Boesch is Professor and Director of the Department of Primatology at the Max-Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.
'... an entertaining and personal ethnography ...' Primates