How Culture Makes Us Human: Primate Social Evolution and the Formation of Human Societies

1st Edition

Dwight W Read

Routledge
Published October 31, 2011
Reference - 237 Pages
ISBN 9781598745894 - CAT# Y287166
Series: Key Questions in Anthropology

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Summary

What separates modern humans from our primate cousins—are we a mere blink in the march of evolution, or does human culture represent the definitive evolutionary turn? Dwight Read explores the dilemma in this engaging, thought-provoking book, taking readers through an evolutionary odyssey from our primate beginnings through the development of culture and social organization. He assesses the two major trends in this field: one that sees us as a logical culmination of primate evolution, arguing that the rudiments of culture exist in primates and even magpies, and another that views the human transition as so radical that the primate model provides no foundation for understanding human dynamics. Expertly synthesizing a wide body of evidence from the anthropological and life sciences in accessible prose, Read’s book will interest a broad readership from experts to undergraduate students and the general public.

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