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Chimpanzee Cultures

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$50.00 • £40.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674116634

Publication Date: 09/01/1996


448 pages

41 halftones, 40 line illustrations


Chimpanzee Cultures is a title to catch the eye… The aims are made explicit at the outset: to create a discipline of ‘cultural primatology’ by using the tools to the cultural sciences and encouraging the use of ethnography in comparing chimpanzee populations… The quality of material on the subject animals is high. All the papers are original, many containing previously unpublished data, and they do an excellent job of highlighting behavioural diversity… This is a book chiefly aimed at the scholarly community, yet it carries an important message for all of us. Wild chimpanzee populations continue to decline through habitat destruction and hunting for bush-meat: the bare bones of this are made clear in the book’s final chapter by Jane Goodall. The dwindling of any species through human short-sightedness is depressing, but chimpanzees present a special case. Chimpanzee Cultures provides ample evidence that chimpanzees are not simply carbon copies of one another. The species may survive but the extinction of cultures may be proceeding as we speak.—Thomas Sambrook, The Times Higher Education Supplement

This volume presents the best up-to-date collection of the current state of knowledge of most aspects of chimpanzee behaviour, and it spells out the dangers now facing the apes and their environments. The study of chimpanzee cultures is crying out for more information from the increasingly isolated and diminishing communities of these apes. This book shows what has to be done, and where.—James R. Anderson, Animal Behaviour

Concise, erudite, and informative… [Chimpanzee Cultures contains] invaluable up-to-date summaries on topics that range from tool use and manufacture, medicinal plant use and hunting strategies to vocalization, reproductive success, and reconciliation behavior.Biologist

This excellent volume introduces the state of the art in primatology. Its lessons are worth learning. There can be no philosophical understanding of what it means to be human apart from understanding what it means to be chimpanzee.—Barry Allen, Common Knowledge

This book is, quite simply, a wonderful review of current knowledge of the Pan genus.Quarterly Review of Biology

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

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