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Chimpanzee Cultures

Chimpanzee Cultures

Edited by Richard W. Wrangham, W. C. McGrew, Frans B. M. de Waal, and Paul G. Heltne

ISBN 9780674116634

Publication date: 09/01/1996

Do chimpanzees have something akin to culture? Bringing together studies of behavioral variation within and among chimpanzees and bonobos --the sibling species of the genus Pan--this book provides the basis for answering this question. In Chimpanzee Cultures, the world's leading authorities on chimpanzees and bonobos chronicle the animals' behaviors from one study site to the next, in both captive and wild groups, in laboratory and field settings.


  • Chimpanzee Cultures beautifully conveys the experience of working with chimpanzees, our closest living relative...[It] gives us a better appreciation of the place of our own species in Nature.

    —Jane Goodall


  • Richard W. Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.
  • William C. McGrew is Professor of Anthropology and Zoology at Miami University, Ohio.
  • Frans B. M. de Waal is C. H. Candler Professor of Primate Behavior in the Psychology Department and Director of Living Links, part of the Yerkes Primate Center, Emory University.
  • Paul G. Heltne, zoologist and primatologist, is President Emeritus of the Chicago Academy of Sciences.
  • Linda A. Marquardt was Editor of Publications at the Chicago Academy of Sciences between 1986 and 1992.

Book Details

  • 448 pages
  • 7-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press
  • Assisted by Linda A. Marquardt
  • Foreword by Jane Goodall