By Russell H. Tuttle
during this masterwork, Russell H. Tuttle synthesizes an unlimited learn literature in primate evolution and behaviour to give an explanation for how apes and people developed on the subject of each other, and why people grew to become a bipedal, tool-making, culture-inventing species specified from different hominoids. alongside the best way, he refutes the speculation that males are basically killer apes--sophisticated yet instinctively competitive, damaging beings.
Situating people in a extensive context, Tuttle musters facts from morphology and up to date fossil discoveries to bare what early primates ate, the place they slept, how they realized to stroll upright, how mind and hand anatomy advanced concurrently, and what else occurred evolutionarily to reason people to diverge from their closest kinfolk. regardless of our genomic similarities with bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas, people are precise between primates in occupying a symbolic area of interest of values and ideology in accordance with symbolically mediated cognitive procedures. even if apes express behaviors that strongly recommend they could imagine, salient components of human culture--speech, mating proscriptions, kinship buildings, and ethical codes--are symbolic platforms that aren't show up between apes. This encylopedic quantity is either a milestone in primatological learn and a critique of what's identified and but to be came upon approximately human and ape potential.