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Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language

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$39.50 • £31.95 • €35.50

ISBN 9780674363366

Publication Date: 10/01/1998

Short

242 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

5 line illustrations

United States and its dependencies only

  • Acknowledgements
  • 1. Talking Heads
  • 2. Into the Social Whirl
  • 3. The Importance of Being Earnest
  • 4. Of Brains and Groups and Evolution
  • 5. The Ghost in the Machine
  • 6. Up through the Mists of Time
  • 7. First Words
  • 8. Babel’s Legacy
  • 9. The Little Rituals of Life
  • 10. The Scars of Evolution
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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