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The Evolution of Thought
Evolutionary Origins of Great Ape Intelligence

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Anne E. Russon, David R. Begun, Richard W. Byrne, Sue Taylor Parker, Joanna Blake, Carol E. MacLeod, Caroline Ross, Gen Yamakoshi, Kevin D. Hunt, Carel P. van Schaik, Signe Preuschoft, David P. Watts, Juichi Yamagiwa, Richard Potts, László Kordos, Jay Kelley, Michelle Singleton, Daniel L. Gebo, Carol V. Ward, Mark Flinn
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  • Date Published: July 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521039925

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  • Written for graduate students and researchers, this book reviews the reasons for, and the nature of, great ape intelligence. Great apes are the most intelligent primates next to humans. Exactly how this intelligence evolved is a complex question that, when resolved, will help us to understand why humans have reached an even higher level. No other book combines the expertise of paleontologists, biologists, anthropologists, and psychologists to attain an appreciation of intelligence in great apes.

    • A comprehensive evaluation of the reasons for and the nature of great apes' exceptional intelligence
    • Gives conclusions that will strongly influence our understanding of the evolution of human intelligence
    • Exceptionally broad range of contributors evaluating great ape intelligence in evolutionary perspective (psychologists, paleontologists, biologists, and anthropologists)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The editors...conclud(e) that many factors interacted to lead to ape (and human) cognitive abilities. This concept is well supported by these excellent papers. In this well-edited volume, participants stay on target and frequently appear to have read each other's contributions, making this a real book as opposed to a series of loosely related papers. Recommended."
    -E. Delson, CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College, CHOICE

    "The Evolution of Thought represents a unique and important effort to probe the many forces responsible for the nature of great ape cognitive 'intelligence'...This ambitious effort makes a worthy contribution and is recommended for any advanced researcher interested in the factors leading to the emergence of specialized cognitive abilities in the great apes."
    -Jennifer Vonk, University of Southern Mississippi, Current Anthropology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521039925
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 187 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.705kg
    • contains: 36 b/w illus. 48 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    1. Evolutionary reconstructions of great ape intelligence Anne E. Russon
    2. Enhanced cognitive capacity as a contingent fact of hominid phylogeny David R. Begun
    Part I. Cognition in Living Great Apes: Introduction Anne E. Russon:
    3. The manual skills and cognition that lie behind hominid tool use Richard W. Byrne
    4. The cognitive complexity of social organisation and socialisation in wild baboons and chimpanzees: guided participation, socialising interactions and event representation Sue Taylor Parker
    5. Gestural communication in the great apes Joanna Blake
    6. Great ape cognitive systems Anne E. Russon
    Part II. Modern Great Ape Adaptation: Introduction Anne E. Russon:
    7. What's in a brain? The question of a distinctive brain anatomy in great apes Carol E. MacLeod
    8. Life histories and the evolution of large brain size in great apes Caroline Ross
    9. Evolution of complex feeding techniques in primates: is this the origin of great ape intelligence? Gen Yamakoshi
    10. The special demands of great ape locomotion and posture Kevin D. Hunt
    11. Great ape social systems Carel P. van Schaik, Signe Preuschoft and David P. Watts
    12. Diet and foraging of the great apes: ecological constraints on their social organisations and implications for their divergence Juichi Yamagiwa
    Part III. Fossil Great Ape Adaptations: Introduction David R. Begun:
    13. Paleoenvironments and the evolution of adaptability in great apes Richard Potts
    14. Cranial evidence and the evolution of intelligence in fossil apes David R. Begun and László Kordos
    15. Life history and cognitive evolution in the apes Jay Kelley
    16. Fossil hominoid diets, extractive foraging and the origins of great ape intelligence Michelle Singleton
    17. Paleontology, terrestriality and the intelligence of great apes Daniel L. Gebo
    18. Body size and intelligence in hominoid evolution Carol V. Ward, Mark Flinn and David R. Begun
    Part IV. Integration:
    19. Evolutionary origins of great ape intelligence: an integrated view Anne E. Russon and David R. Begun
    Author index
    Species index
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    Anne E. Russon, York University, Toronto
    Anne E. Russon is a Professor of Psychology at Glendon College of York University in Toronto, Canada.

    David R. Begun, University of Toronto
    David Begun is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.


    Anne E. Russon, David R. Begun, Richard W. Byrne, Sue Taylor Parker, Joanna Blake, Carol E. MacLeod, Caroline Ross, Gen Yamakoshi, Kevin D. Hunt, Carel P. van Schaik, Signe Preuschoft, David P. Watts, Juichi Yamagiwa, Richard Potts, László Kordos, Jay Kelley, Michelle Singleton, Daniel L. Gebo, Carol V. Ward, Mark Flinn

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