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Primate societies; group techniques of ecological adaptation. (reprint, 1971).


Primate societies; group techniques of ecological adaptation. (reprint, 1971)

Kummer, Hans.



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In this reprint from 1971, Kummer (zoology, U. of Zurich) looks at the patterns of social interaction among primates through the perspective of evolutionary adaptation. He describes how aspects of social behavior are inherited, the daily life of a primate society of hamadryas baboons, general characteristics of those in Africa, Asia, and South America, and the terrestrial monkey species. Primate communication, social structure, and adaptive function are detailed, with attention to kinship and age groups. He also discusses the origins of behavioral traits of primates in terms of phylogenetic, ecological, and cultural perspectives. The final chapter is a brief comparison of humans and primates in terms of social structure, technology, and sexual differentiation and group life.

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