Our Inner Ape : A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-08-01
  • Publisher: Riverhead Trade

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From "one of the world's greatest experts on primate behavior" (Desmond Morris) comes a look at the most provocative aspects of human nature-power, sex, violence, kindness, and morality-through our closest cousins. For nearly twenty years, Frans De Waal has studied both the famously aggressive chimpanzee and the egalitarian, matriarchal bonobo, two species whose DNA is nearly identical to ours. The result is an engrossing narrative that reveals what their behavior can teach us about ourselves.

Author Biography

Frans De Waal, Ph.D., is a biologist and ethologist who is recognized worldwide for his work on the social intelligence of such primates as chimpanzees, bonobos, capuchins, and macaques. He is currently the C.H. Candler Professor in the Psychology Department of Emory University and director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta. De Waal is the author of five previous books, including The Ape and the Sushi Master and Peacemaking Among Primates.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
ONE Apes in the Family 1(42)
TWO Power 43(46)
THREE Sex 89(44)
FOUR Violence 133(44)
FIVE Kindness 177(50)
SIX The Bipolar Ape 227(24)
Sources 251(20)
Index 271

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