By Russell H. Tuttle
In this masterwork, Russell H. Tuttle synthesizes an unlimited study literature in primate evolution and behaviour to give an explanation for how apes and people developed when it comes to each other, and why people turned a bipedal, tool-making, culture-inventing species special from different hominoids. alongside the way in which, he refutes the influential conception that males are basically killer apes--sophisticated yet instinctively competitive and damaging beings.
Situating people in a wide context, Tuttle musters convincing proof from morphology and up to date fossil discoveries to bare what early primates ate, the place they slept, how they discovered to stroll upright, how mind and hand anatomy advanced at the same time, and what else occurred evolutionarily to reason people to diverge from their closest family members. regardless of our genomic similarities with bonobos, chimpanzees, and gorillas, people are distinct between primates in occupying a symbolic area of interest of values and ideology in line with symbolically mediated cognitive techniques. even though apes convey behaviors that strongly recommend they could imagine, salient parts of human culture--speech, mating proscriptions, kinship buildings, and ethical codes--are symbolic structures that aren't happen in ape niches.
This encyclopedic quantity is either a milestone in primatological study and a critique of what's recognized and but to be found approximately human and ape potential.